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Democrats Ask Donald Trump to Reconsider Federal Hiring Freeze Bid

Democratic lawmakers have called on President-elect Donald Trump to rethink his proposal to freeze federal government hiring once he takes office next week, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Joe Davidson writes Trump included the hiring freeze plan in his agenda for his first 100 days in office in a bid to reduce federal employees, save for the military, public safety and public health workforce.

In a letter to Trump, 106 lawmakers warned the president-elect that his plan would have an effect opposite to what he intended to accomplish, according to the report.

“The impact of hiring freezes enacted during previous Democratic and Republican administrations demonstrates that such measures have not, in fact, significantly reduced the size of our federal workforce or enhanced federal government operations,” according to the letter.

The Democrats noted that the previous freezes only led to decreased “efficiency, transparency and accountability government-wide at the expense of the public safety and American taxpayer dollars,” Davidson reports.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, backed Trump’s plan, the Post reports.

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