Republican lawmakers are frustrated with mounting dissent from civil servants over President Trump’s policies.
Amid unusually public levels of tension between federal employees and the new administration, including Trump’s firing of the acting attorney general, State Department dissent and frequent media leaks, some of Trump’s allies in Congress want federal employees to quit it and do their jobs—or get out.
“When someone works full time for the government, it should be no surprise to them that they serve at the pleasure of the [president],” Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), the chair of the powerful House Rules Committee, told The Hill.
“I’m not interested in politics by an agency employee.”
But others in the GOP are looking to tamp down the tensions and go back to business as usual.