Lawmakers Advance Legislation Raising Penalties for Appropriations Violations

Government Executive: A House panel on Thursday voted along party lines to advance a measure that would strengthen enforcement of a law against agencies defying congressional appropriators, but Democrats argued the bill is a “solution in search of a problem.”

The Anti-Deficiency Reform and Enforcement Act (H.R. 6891), introduced by Rep. Paul Mitchell, R-Mich., prescribes stricter penalties for more serious violations of the Anti-Deficiency Act, including the firing of federal employees who break the law “knowingly” or with reckless disregard for it. In a mark-up Thursday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 14-11 to send the legislation to the full House.

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