Republicans are taking aim at the Department of Veterans Affairs for permitting hundreds of employees to spend hours on union activities instead of caring for veterans, The Daily Caller reports.
They're joined by some Democrats on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations. The lawmakers want a full accounting of the taxpayer-funded hours VA employees devote to union work, according to the website.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said, "this is unbelievable, unbelievable what we have here. So let's hope we can change it and get rid of all these folks on official time."
Official time is paid time off from assigned government duties to represent a union, according to the subcommittee's hearing agenda.
"I love the way government works — a fancy name, official time. It sounds like they're actually working for the taxpayers, working for the veterans, when in fact it's just the opposite," Jordan added.
According to The Daily Caller, VA records show about 290,000 employees spent nearly 1.1 million hours in fiscal year 2015 on union activities, and 346 of those employees devoted 100 percent of their efforts to official time. But, it added, the General Accountability Office, had no confidence in those figures.
Still, North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, the subcommittee's chairman, questioned the impact of some VA workers devoting all their time to union work while veterans suffer for lack of care on long wait-lists.
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