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BUSH URGED TO BACK HATCH ACT REFORM BILL TO HALT RE-ELECTION WORK ON BUDGET REVIEW

 BUSH URGED TO BACK HATCH ACT REFORM BILL
 TO HALT RE-ELECTION WORK ON BUDGET REVIEW
 WASHINGTON, July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- National Association of Letter Carriers Union President Vincent R. Sombrotto today urged President Bush to support Hatch Act reform legislation that includes strong penalties for on-the-job campaign work by federal employees to end abuses such as those ordered by Budget Director Richard Darman to aid the Bush re-election campaign.
 In a letter to Bush, Sombrotto noted that S. 914, the Hatch Act reform bill, not only allows greater off-duty, out-of-uniform political activity by federal and postal employees, but also strengthens provisions outlawing political activity at work.
 Sombrotto cited a report in the July 9 Washington Post that Darman has ordered a recrafting of the Mid-Season Review of the Budget in order that it can be used as campaign ammunition in Bush's re-election effort.
 Sombrotto said Bush has vetoed a Hatch Act reform bill and opposes the current legislation, but noted that Bush has spoken out in favor of the integrity of the federal work force.
 "In light of your stated views, you can certainly understand my amazement to read accounts of civil servants at the OMB being forced to refashion an already completed report into a more suitable document for campaign purposes," the union leader said.
 "I hope this report urges to you review S. 914," Sombrotto added. "I would hope you would not just consider the freedoms it would bestow on postal and federal employees, but look carefully at the strict prohibitions and punishments for violators."
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 /CONTACT: Drew Von Bergen of the National Association of Letter Carriers, 202-662-2489/ CO: National Association of Letter Carriers ST: District of Columbia IN: SU: LEG


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