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house Bill H.R. 1531

Should Seasonal Federal Land Management Employees Have a Path to Permanent Jobs?

Argument in favor

Allowing temporary employees to become permanently employed by federal land management agencies will hopefully reduce training costs and lead to better retention. This leads to a more capable and cost-efficient workforce.

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07/09/2015
It's a simple step towards a promotion for people to deserve it.
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Alis's Opinion
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07/09/2015
It is a waste of $$$ to reinvent the wheel every season! Congress doesn't seem to mind never doing anything but federal agencies actually have real jobs to do. Fund them properly so they can fiction efficiently.
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Justin's Opinion
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10/24/2015
This is a cost efficient way to prevent extra spending on training and recruitment.
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Argument opposed

This bill tries to keep it "all in the family" so to speak. There are no protections to ensure that former seasonal employees aren't favored over the many qualified people who have never worked for these agencies but still apply for permanent jobs.

SherryTX's Opinion
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07/08/2015
The most qualified person should get the job. Period.
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Curmudgeon's Opinion
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07/09/2015
We have too many Federal employees we need to lose by attrition as we contract the size and reach of the govt anyhow. Of course if the Democrats lose the Presidency they will scurry to pad the payroll to the max as a means of dotting the taxpayer and the next administration.
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John's Opinion
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07/22/2015
The most qualified should get the job. If they've been a seasonal employee, then that's just one qualification.
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bill Progress


  • EnactedAugust 28th, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed August 5th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed July 7th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedMarch 23rd, 2015

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bill Progress


  • EnactedAugust 28th, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed August 5th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed July 7th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedMarch 23rd, 2015

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Bill Activity

  • action
    Introduced in House
  • referral
    Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
  • action
    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
  • calendar
    Ordered to be Reported by Voice Vote.
  • action
    Reported by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. H. Rept. 114-182.
  • calendar
    Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 134.
  • action
    Mr. Carter (GA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
  • action
    Considered under suspension of the rules.
  • action
    DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1531.
  • vote
    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
  • action
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • referral
    Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
  • calendar
    Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.
  • reported
    Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Reported by Senator Johnson without amendment. Without written report.
  • calendar
    Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 192.
  • vote
    Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
  • action
    Message on Senate action sent to the House.
  • topresident
    Presented to President.
  • signed
    Signed by President.
  • enacted
    Became Public Law No: 114-47.
  • action
    By Senator Johnson from Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs filed written report under authority of the order of the Senate of 08/05/2015. Report No. 114-123.