2024 GOP hopefuls back Trump’s plan to purge civil servants

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Several possible 2024 Republican presidential candidates tell Axios they support former President Trump’s plan to make it easier for the president to purge federal workers.

Why it matters: Trump need not win his party’s nomination — nor even run again — for the next GOP president to try to reimpose the executive order known as “Schedule F.” Democrats, increasingly concerned, are scrambling to block that possibility.

These moves follow Axios’ publication last month of an in-depth series by Jonathan Swan detailing how allies of the former president are already plotting the return of Schedule F in 2025 were Trump re-elected.

Driving the news: Six Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), introduced legislation on Tuesday to “secure the civil service” and protect career officials against future efforts to reimpose the deeply controversial Trump-era order, which was rescinded by…

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