(February 14, 2017) Democrats in the House are lining up behind a bill that would exempt veterans from the federal government hiring freeze put in place when President Donald Trump signed an executive order less than one week after taking office. Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., introduced the bill Monday.
He has 21 co-sponsors for the legislation, all of them Democrats, according to The Hill, a publication that covers Congress.
In a statement, Lynch said the freeze, which does not apply to the military, hurts Americans expecting a prompt response from a federal agency.
“Veterans have earned their hiring preference and I am deeply concerned that the federal hiring freeze will disproportionately hurt America’s veterans,” he said.
A report by the Office of Personnel Management released in November found that veterans make up 30.9 percent of the federal workforce.