There was a time when the House of Representatives at least paid lip service to the idea of federalism, fiscal responsibility and state’s rights, but, it appears those days are over. The House, overriding state laws, has passed a bill that would give union officials the federally mandated power to obtain monopoly bargaining privileges over all firefighters, police and emergency medical technicians across the country.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) was right when she said, “Let’s not mince words. This bill is not concerned with public safety. It’s a payoff from the left to the powerful labor unions that finance many of their campaigns.’’

Right to Work champion, Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO), defended what used to be a Republican principle — federalism — when she noted that, “State and local governments are capable of managing their own public employees.”

In the end, 98 Republicans voted for this bill. Word from the House floor is senior Republicans actually lobbied their fellow members to support the legislation — doing the bidding for the public employee unions. They should all be embarrassed.