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A very old congressional procedure known as the Holman Rule has popped up lately. It allows a House member to amend an appropriations bill so eliminate a specific program or defund the salaries of those working on it. In the 19th century it was designed to rein in patronage. My next guess says it makes no sense any more. To discuss, the Federal Drive was joined by Bob Tobias, a professor in the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University.