House Republicans Introduce Bill Designed To Kill Jobs

June 06, 2011 3:11 pm ET — Kate Conway

It's no secret that as soon as Republicans regained control of the House they abandoned their pretended focus on job creation and instead launched an offensive against health care reform, women's reproductive rights, and the deficit. Now, three House Republicans — Reps. Darrell Issa (CA), Dennis Ross (FL) and Jason Chaffetz (UT) — have gone so far as to introduce a bill that is actually intended to reduce the number of jobs available.

Here's part of a press release from the House Oversight committee:

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, introduced the bill designed to reduce the size federal workforce by 10% by 2015. The bill allows for one federal employee to be hired to replace every three that retire or leave their job. The Commission's proposal has been estimated to save taxpayers $127.5 billion over ten years.

Eliminating ten percent of the federal workforce, which is currently about 2,850,000 people, would mean a reduction of almost 300,000 jobs. That would bring federal employment to a level lower than it's been since 1966.

No matter what staffing levels the federal government needs — and no matter how many qualified people are looking for jobs — this bill would arbitrarily force federal government employment down over the next few years. Federal government employment has hardly exploded under the Obama administration like Republicans claim, and the public sector as a whole has already been shedding thousands of jobs every month over the last year except October 2010 while at the same time private-sector employment has been steadily climbing.