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Congressman John Sarbanes

Representing the 3rd District of Maryland

Sarbanes Statement on Trump’s Federal Hiring Freeze


Jan 24, 2017
Contact: Daniel Jacobs
(202) 225-4016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement after President Donald Trump issued a complete hiring freeze for all positions in the federal government – excluding military, national security and public safety roles:

“President Trump’s federal hiring freeze will significantly undermine the federal government’s ability to provide basic services to the American people. This new policy is not only shortsighted but also ignores two important facts. First, that the size of the federal government is already at historic lows. Second, that past hiring freezes have failed to reduce federal spending – in fact, research shows that federal hiring freezes actually increase costs, because the government becomes over reliant on more expensive private contractors. I remain steadfastly opposed to President Trump’s decision to freeze federal employment, and I am committed to defending the good work of our nation’s public servants and will fight to ensure that members of our federal workforce receive the compensation and benefits they deserve.”