WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) . The House of Representatives approved today an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act that would prohibit the federal government from employing mutants.
The bill, backed by a bipartisan coalition of representatives, would forbid the federal government from knowingly employing mutants. Exceptions were built into the bill for military service and elected office.
Proponents of the measure state that it will eliminate unfairness in hiring, where mutants may have an unfair advantage over humans. The main sticking point of the bill was the definition of "mutant". Eventually, it was decided to use the definition currently in use at the Center for Disease Control. According to the CDC, a mutant is any person whose score on the Hanlecker-Bendis scale decreases by ten percent or more when under a regulated drainer field.
Civil liberties groups criticize the bill as unduly discriminative. The American Civil Liberties Union has promised a court battle based upon the Fourteenth Amendment if Congress passes the bill. Jeremy Estes, a Los Angeles lawyer specializing in mutant law, stated that it was a clear attempt to introduce bias into the hiring process at the highest level of government.
A similar measure enjoys broad support in the Senate and President Bush has stated he would sign such a measure if Congress passed it. White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan indicated that the President was considering a similar measure by Executive Order, but "since Congress has taken the lead, he is happy to work with what they produce."