House passes bill to block fed workers from watching porn at work, but the vote wasn’t exactly a landslide

Perhaps Congress may soon experience a surge in efficiency now that the House has voted in favor of legislation that would create guidelines for prohibiting access to pornography on federal government computers.

Assuming they can get the Senate on board and President Barack Obama is willing to lend a signature.

The porn measure was authored by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and it’s “part of an underlying package the House passed on a vote of 241-181 to establish various government oversight reforms,” The Hill said.

Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz said they’ve “heard numerous examples” of federal employees viewing porn while on the taxpayer’s dime.

“It’s kind of ridiculous that we have to legislate this, but it is such a pervasive problem in our work on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee,” the Utah Republican said.

As for the 181 members who voted against the measure, The Hill noted Democrats largely voted against the legislative package out of concern other provisions may curtail government employees’ due process rights.

This would be the same due process Democrats are far less concerned about should potential gun-owners find themselves mistakenly on the FBI’s “No Fly” list.

Ranking Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings countered Republicans who insist the provision would make it easier to remove employees found to have engaged in misconduct.

“This legislation is a mishmash of several bills that would damage employee rights, weaken public health and safety, and do little, if anything, to advance government reform,” the Maryland lawmaker said.

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