Cantor: Taxpayers Shouldn’t Subsidize Union Activities

Gingrey Proposal to Hit House Floor Tomorrow

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Washington, Jun 29, 2010 | Stephanie Valle (202.225.2931) | comments

House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) announced today that a proposal developed by Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) is this week’s YouCut winner, which would save taxpayers $120 million a year and $1.2 billion over ten years.

"This week’s spending cut, developed by Phil Gingrey, addresses one of the perpetual roadblocks to American private-sector job creation and economic recovery: federal-employee unions. There are many who collect generous salaries and benefits entirely paid for by taxpayers while simultaneously working for unions that spend a lot of money on political activities and lobbying. Taxpayers shouldn’t subsidize a union’s activities. Not only is this a bum deal for the American people, it also wastes well over $100 million a year and more than a $1 billion over the next decade. I encourage my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to vote for this fair and fiscally responsible proposal,” said Republican Whip Cantor.

“As every American knows, it is quite clear Congress has a spending problem.  Our national debt is simply unsustainable, and tough choices need to be made now to get our debt and budget deficits under control.  Unfortunately, thus far, House Democrats have refused to consider meaningful proposals to cut spending – devoting far more time to considering bills to name post offices or congratulate sports teams than to consider fiscal reform bills,” said Congressman Gingrey.  “This is simply unacceptable and YouCut gives Americans the power to change that culture of spending.  My proposal would save at least $1.2 billion over 10 years and return 30 million work hours to the American taxpayer.”

View more about the proposal and YouCut here:

Background on Union Activities Bill

Currently, some federal employees spend up to 100 percent of their workweek, paid by taxpayers, doing work for their union.  In 2008, the Federal government spent $120 million paying employees for their time spent working on union activities – thus the five year savings for this bill would be a minimum of $600 million.  This legislation would prevent federal employees participating in union activities during their official time. 

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