Federal Employees of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) turned their backs on Secretary Sonny Perdue this week after the Trump official announced many research positions would be relocated to its new headquarters in Kansas City.
“Members of the American Federation of Government Employees turned their backs on Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Thursday, apparently over plans to relocate them from Washington to the Kansas City area,” reports The Hill.
— The Hill (@thehill) June 13, 2019
“Following a rigorous site selection process, the Kansas City Region provides a win win,” Perdue said in a Thursday statement, “maximizing our mission function by putting taxpayer savings into programmatic outputs and providing affordability, easy commutes, and extraordinary living for our employees.”
“There is already a significant presence of USDA and federal government employees in the region, including the Kansas City ‘Ag Bank’ Federal Reserve,” Perdue adds. “This agriculture talent pool, in addition to multiple land-grant and research universities within driving distance, provides access to a stable labor force for the future. The Kansas City Region will allow ERS and NIFA to increase efficiencies and effectiveness and bring important resources and manpower closer to all of our customers.”
American Federation of Government Employees members from NIFA snd ERS turn backs on Agriculture Secretary Perdue at session on their unwanted relocation from DC to Kansas City area. #USDA pic.twitter.com/40JlVtuXFl
— Jerry Hagstrom (@hagstromreport) June 13, 2019
“The total savings of the projected move — about $300 million over 15 years — is based on a cost-benefit analysis of relocation to the Kansas City area that the department released on Thursday. Several congressional Democrats have called on the department for months to release such a study,” adds Politico.
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SWAMP STRIKES BACK: Conservative Immigration Bill FAILS, 41 Republicans Vote AGAINST
The House of Representatives successfully killed a conservative immigration bill Thursday afternoon, setting the stage for a potential vote on Speaker Paul Ryan’s “compromise” package that could provide a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s ‘Dreamers.’
The House shot-down the measure authored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte and Michael McCaul by a vote of 193-231, with 41 GOP legislators voting against the measure.
Ryan’s second bill was scheduled for a vote on the House floor Thursday, but is now being delayed to Friday or beyond as the GOP leader struggles to secure enough votes to pass the much-needed legislation.
Had it passed, Goodlatte’s bill would have provided legal status to 700,000 DACA recipients, ended the Visa lottery, and required employers to use the E-Verify system to ensure workers were in the country legally.
SWAMP STRIKES BACK: DOJ, FBI ‘Plan Redactions’ for Trump’s Declassified Doc Request
The FBI and Department of Justice are reportedly redacting key sections of sensitive material President Trump flagged for release this week; raising the stakes in an already tense relationship between the White House and the DOJ.
According to the Daily Caller, the FBI and Justice Department are scouring through the requested material; removing sections and redacting segments officials believe are unsuitable for release to the general public.
“Trump ordered sensitive materials related to the FBI’s Russia investigation be declassified and submitted for review Monday, including sections of the application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court concerning former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page,” writes the DC.
“Sources close to DOJ, the FBI, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said the agencies will likely propose redactions,” adds the article.
Read the full story at the Daily Caller.