The American Federation of Government Employees is the 1000 lb gorilla in the room when it comes to cleaning up the Veterans Administration. The key function of the AFGE seems to be the preservation of jobs. After all, each employee that it keeps on the job is another dues paying member. President-Elect Trump and Congress have a tough row to hoe in this piece of draining the swamp.
As Written By Luke Rosiak for the Daily Caller:
President-elect Donald Trump promised to fire incompetent and dishonest Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees, but he will have to fight the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) — the largest federal worker union — every step of the way.
During the 115th Congress, Trump — along with Republican majorities in both the Senate and House of Representatives — can enact sweeping reforms to improve every department and agency in the federal workplace.
Republicans controlled the 114th Congress, too, but outgoing Democratic President Barack Obama routinely threatened to veto GOP proposals.
Trump and AFGE already share some history. When the GOP presidential candidate proposed expanding a VA program that lets veterans get private medical care, AFGE quickly blasted the ….
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