House unites to call for federal workers' safety
Updated 7:15 p.m.
House lawmakers unanimously approved Tuesday a resolution that expressed lawmakers' continued support for the safety and security of federal workers. The measure also called on the government to continue seeking ways to improve their protection.
Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) -- whose Northern Virginia congressional district is home to thousands of federal workers -- said he introduced the measure to draw attention to attacks against federal workers while they are engaged in or because of their government duties.
The resolution came in the wake of the February plane crash at an Internal Revenue Service office in Texas that killed one worker and the March shooting at the Pentagon that injured two police officers. (See Moran's floor statement in the video above.)
The resolution noted that the Justice Department filed 303 cases in fiscal year 2008 related to attacks against federal employees.
But a line condemning anti-government rhetoric was removed from the original resolution. The line stated, "Inflammatory anti-Government rhetoric may contribute to attacks against institutions and employees of the Federal Government.”
Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee could not reach agreement on how to square the sentence with the constitutionally protected right to dissent, aides said. Members opted to drop the sentence, but added references to the recent attacks.
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| May 11, 2010; 6:12 PM ET
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