Caucus leader asks staff for resignations

Nov. 30, 2010 at 5:04 PM
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- The House Democratic Caucus chairman asked his entire staff to resign, saying it was in anticipation of steep budget cuts when Democrats become the minority.

Rep. John Larson, D-Conn., sent a letter Monday to his personal office, leadership and district staff, asking for their resignations and resumes, Politico reported Tuesday.

"In general, he's recognizing that the budget will change," a person knowledgeable of the situation said. "He wants flexibility to make staff changes."

While it's not unusual to ask for resignations and resumes when change is in the wind, Larson's actions go beyond his Capitol Hill employees, reaching into his Hartford-based district and leadership staff as well, Politico reported.

Democrats said they expect to receive less than Republicans were allocated for minority staff this year, with budget cuts under consideration.

GOP leaders said their determination to cut spending on Congress itself is part of an overall drive to cut government expenses, Politico said, but the depth of the cuts into staffing levels was unclear.

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