Here Are the Lawmakers With the Worst Records on Federal Employee Issues

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence scored a zero on fed-friendly votes. Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence scored a zero on fed-friendly votes. Darron Cummings/AP

The Republican-controlled Congress, since the party took over the House in 2010, has driven a largely anti-federal employee agenda.

GOP lawmakers have pushed for trimming the size of the federal workforce, cutting feds’ pay and benefits, limiting resources for federal agencies and enabling a government shutdown in 2013 in addition to many close calls during funding fights. Republicans recently included policies that would cut feds’ compensation while limiting their due process rights as a part of the party platform

Not every Republican has fought against feds’ interests, however. According to a ranking from the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, several members of the majority party have cast pro-federal employee votes on a majority of key votes over their careers. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, for example, has a lifetime score from NARFE of 71 percent for fed-friendly votes.

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Still, every lawmaker who has a lifetime score of 0 is in the Republican Party. One former lawmaker with a 0 score is Republican nominee Donald Trump’s vice presidential running mate, Mike Pence, R-Ind.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who served as a senator from New York from 2001-2009, earned a 100 percent rating, as did her running mate, current Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.

NARFE listed several bills from the current Congress to determine its latest scores, including budget resolutions, shutdown-averting stopgap spending measures, bills to ease the firing of federal employee and limit feds’ due process, Thrift Savings Plan alterations and others.

Here is a list of every congressman and senator -- 17 in all -- with a 0 percent lifetime score from NARFE. An additional 53 lawmakers earned a 0 in just the 114th Congress, but previously cast votes NARFE considered in federal workers’ interest.


  • Rep. Bradley Byrne
  • Rep. Gary Palmer


  • Rep. Bruce Westerman


  • Rep. Curt Clawson


  • Rep. Jody Hice


  • Sen. Jim Risch


  • Rep. Darin LaHood


  • Rep. Rod Blum


  • Rep. Garret Graves


  • Rep. Tom Emmer


  • Sen. Ben Sasse

North Carolina

  • Rep. Mark Walker


  • Rep. Warren Davidson

South Carolina

  • Sen. Tim Scott


  • Rep. John Ratcliffe
  • Rep. Brian Babin


  • Rep. Dave Brat
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