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DEBT: Federal workers’ jobs vitally important

Letter by Sandra Cagle, Olympia on Oct. 10, 2011 at 1:47 pm | 2 Comments »
October 10, 2011 3:05 pm

For the congressional “super committee” finding ways to reduce our national debt, there is a deadline approaching that impacts all Washingtonians.

An important element of the committee’s decision involves the federal workforce. On behalf of the 123,000 active and retired federal workers in Washington, I hope the committee supports us so we can continue to fully do our part to protect and move our nation forward.

Every day, the federal workforce creates opportunities for American entrepreneurship, provides dependable services for America’s seniors, brings criminals to justice, delivers vital mail to every household nationwide, develops missile systems to keep us safe and invents ways for scientists to explore the farthest reaches of outer space.

Members of the super committee value our service, but when their sole focus is budgets and costs, it can be too easy to lose sight of how priceless our nation’s workers really are.

Before the Oct. 14 deadline for the House and Senate to submit their recommendations for cuts to the super committee, I urge members of our Washington delegation to tell all that protecting federal employees is vital to the strength of our state and our nation.

(Cagle is president of the Washington State Federation of National Active and Retired Federal Employees.)

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