The Senate Rules and Administration Committee, which Schumer chairs, is charged with selecting and paying for the attorney to represent Watkins and Manning.
According to the Senate’s website, the chief employment counsel is tasked with providing “legal advice to, and represent[ing], Senate offices in employment law matters and lawsuits under the Congressional Accountability Act, which brings the Senate under eleven federal laws regulating the employer-employee relationship.”
Aides to neither Reid nor Schumer returned phone calls Friday inquiring about the subpoenas.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.