The White House is defending ethics waivers for ex-union officials, saying they are “in the interest of governing.”
The Biden administration has come under scrutiny from Republicans on Capitol Hill after its decision to circumvent federal ethics rules to staff former union officials in senior posts.
BIDEN WAIVES ETHICS RULES FOR FORMER UNION BOSSES WHO NOW WORK IN WHITE HOUSE
Beginning in early March, the White House waived certain rules for former labor union personnel to fill Biden’s transition teams and government vacancies, who would have otherwise been prevented from communicating with their old unions.
A so-called ethics waiver lifts constraints imposed on members of the executive branch to work with previous colleagues or clients who might benefit from their closeness to White House authority.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the waivers during Monday’s news briefing.
“I will reiterate … the president signed an executive order requiring all appointees across the federal government to si
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