Squabbling Over Herman

The tension in the Senate over President Clinton's proposed executive order on labor contracts for federally funded projects neared the boiling point Tuesday, as Minority Leader Daschle threatened to hold up floor action and GOP leaders demanded that language defunding the executive order be added to the FY97 supplemental appropriations bill.

The increasing threats came as Senate GOP leaders and the administration are negotiating changes to the proposed executive order that would encourage federal and local governments to use labor agreements for federally funded construction projects.

GOP and other opponents argue the agreements place non-union contractors at a disadvantage. Because of their objections, Senate Republicans have held up a confirmation vote on Labor Secretary-designate Alexis Herman.

Daschle Tuesday said Democrats have run out of patience waiting for Herman to be confirmed when GOP objections are not about Herman, but about the executive order.

"The Herman nomination is being held captive to an agenda, the likes of which we really don't understand," Daschle said. "Until we get some clarification ... I don't think there's much opportunity to move forward with other legislation."

Meanwhile, aides said the GOP leadership was behind an effort Tuesday in the Senate Appropriations Committee to add language to the supplemental bill that would prohibit the Labor Department from spending money through the end of this fiscal year to enforce the proposed executive order.

Sen. Lauch Faircloth, R-N.C., had been considering adding similar language to the supplemental bill when it reached the floor; he reportedly wanted to wait to see if an agreement with the administration could be reached before floor action.

But a GOP aide Tuesday said the Senate leadership asked Stevens at the last moment to include the language in the supplemental because negotiations with the administration are not going well.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
Close [ x ] More from GovExec

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

  • Cyber Risk Report: Cybercrime Trends from 2016

    In our first half 2016 cyber trends report, SurfWatch Labs threat intelligence analysts noted one key theme – the interconnected nature of cybercrime – and the second half of the year saw organizations continuing to struggle with that reality. The number of potential cyber threats, the pool of already compromised information, and the ease of finding increasingly sophisticated cybercriminal tools continued to snowball throughout the year.

  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

  • GBC Issue Brief: The Future of 9-1-1

    A Look Into the Next Generation of Emergency Services

  • GBC Survey Report: Securing the Perimeters

    A candid survey on cybersecurity in state and local governments

  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.

  • eBook: State & Local Cybersecurity

    CenturyLink is committed to helping state and local governments meet their cybersecurity challenges. Towards that end, CenturyLink commissioned a study from the Government Business Council that looked at the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of state and local leaders around the cybersecurity issue. The results were surprising in a number of ways. Learn more about their findings and the ways in which state and local governments can combat cybersecurity threats with this eBook.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.