CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1993
Federal employees, like all Americans, have the right to vote, to belong to a political party and to make monetary contributions to candidates they support. For 53 years, however, federal employees have been wisely barred from further political activity. They may not serve as officers in a political party or manage political campaigns or work as volunteers in a candidate's campaign office. They may not solicit contributions from others for a candidate.
June 22, 1990 |
President Bush preserved his perfect veto record when the Senate Thursday sustained his rejection of a bill that would have permitted 3 million federal employees to participate in partisan political activity during off-duty hours. Senators seeking to override Bush's veto fell two votes short of the required two-thirds majority. Three Republicans who had voted for the bill a month ago switched sides to support the White House position.
June 21, 1990 |
The Senate, by two votes, today upheld President Bush's veto of a bill to broaden the political rights of 3 million government workers. On a 65-35 vote, lawmakers refused to revise the 51-year-old Hatch Act to remove prohibitions on campaign activities for federal and postal employees. A two-thirds majority was needed to enact the bill into law over Bush's objections. The vote gave Bush an unbroken string of 12 victories in veto showdowns with the Democratic-led Congress.
June 21, 1990 |
The House on Wednesday, by a vote of 327 to 93, overrode President Bush's veto of legislation to give millions of government workers the right to play a more active role in politics. The House vote, well over the necessary two-thirds majority, sets up a showdown today in the Senate, where a much closer outcome is expected.
June 20, 1990 |
House voted today to override President Bush's veto of a bill that would lift a 50-year-old ban on partisan political activity by federal employees. The House re-passed the bill on a 327-93 vote and sent it to the Senate where supporters also were trying to muster the two-thirds vote necessary to override the President's veto. The Senate, which originally passed the bill on a 67-30 vote, was scheduled to take up the veto Thursday.
June 16, 1990 |
President Bush vetoed a measure Friday that would allow federal workers to take a more active role in partisan politics, and aides repeated his pledge to veto a bill that would guarantee workers the right to take unpaid family or medical leaves. Congress, which has not yet overturned a Bush veto, appears unlikely to be able to override in either case. But Democrats hope both vetoes--Bush's 12th and 13th so far--will provide them with workable campaign issues during this fall's elections.
June 15, 1990 |
President Bush today vetoed a bill to ease a ban against political activity by government workers, saying the measure would destroy the "essential political neutrality" of the federal work force. Bush said the legislation to liberalize the 51-year-old Hatch Act would "inevitably lead to repoliticizing" the government bureaucracy. It was the 12th veto of Bush's presidency. Congress has yet to override one.
June 13, 1990 |
The House, ignoring the Bush Administration's most recent veto threat, Tuesday gave final congressional approval to legislation that would lift a 50-year-old prohibition against federal employees engaging in partisan political activity in their off-duty hours. The representatives voted 334 to 87, 52 votes more than the two-thirds majority required to override a veto, for a Senate-passed revision of the Hatch Act and sent it to the President over fresh objections from Atty. Gen. Dick Thornburgh.
May 11, 1990 |
The Senate brushed aside a threatened veto by President Bush and voted 67 to 30 Thursday to revise the 1939 Hatch Act to allow federal civil service and postal workers to take a more active role in partisan politics. The law would still prohibit federal workers from engaging in political activities on the job and from running for office or soliciting campaign funds from the public.
May 9, 1990 |
The Senate voted Tuesday to allow IRS, CIA and FBI agents to participate in political campaigns, rejecting Republican attempts to maintain the status quo established in the 51-year-old Hatch Act. On a 51-46 vote, the Senate rejected an amendment to exclude employees in the spy and tax agencies plus the Justice Department and the Federal Election Commission from a Democratic bill that removes most current restrictions on political activities by civil service and postal workers.