House Rejects New Bush Administration Competitive Sourcing Rules

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Tuesday evening, September 9, to block implementation of the Bush Administration’s new competitive sourcing rules, the Revised A-76. The House action came on a 220 to 198 vote on an amendment by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). The Van Hollen amendment requires the Office of Management and Budget to use the “Circular A-76” rules that were in effect before the Revised A-76 process was implemented on May 29.

In the floor vote on the Van Hollen amendment, all but 3 Democrats were joined in the vote by 26 Republicans to impose the limits on the competitive sourcing program. Government employee unions who pushed for the Van Hollen amendment, also opposed the old A-76.

Earlier floor action: The House rejected another anti-competitive sourcing amendment by Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL).

Government Executive article on the floor action click here