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Posted at 2:36 PM ET, 03/ 3/2011

Sen. Mark Warner talking up federal workers

By Ed O'Keefe

Continuing a tradition launched by a former colleague, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) is devoting some of his Senate floor speeches to highlight the work of rank-and-file federal workers.

During his two-year stint in the Senate, former Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Del.) made more than 100 floor speeches about different federal employees every week the Senate was in session. Kaufman, Vice President Biden's former Senate chief of staff, left the Senate late last year and Warner vowed to continue the tradition.

Virginia's junior senator spoke Thursday about Robert Benzon, a senior investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board who lives in Fredericksburg, Va. (Watch the video above or click here to see it.)

Benzon is a vet­eran investigator who's helped develop safety recommendations for aircraft rudder systems and fuel tanks and the collection of information from "black box" flight recorders, according to Warner's office.

"Each day we set foot on an airplane and arrive safely at our destination, we have Robert Benzon and his team to thank," Warner said.

Thursday's address was Warner's fourth on the topic, according to his office. He's also discussed the careers of NASA engineer Clint Cragg, part of a team that helped save 33 Chilean miners and Food and Drug Administration drug compliance office director Deborah Autor, who's worked on minimizing exposure to ineffective drugs. An early January address on the issue was devoted to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), her staffers and the service of thousands of current and former congressional staffers.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | March 3, 2011; 2:36 PM ET
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This would be more impressive if they would randomly select federal employees and look into what they do all day. We don't need to hear about a handful that do something interesting or important, lets find out how many spend the day napping and smoking.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | March 3, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Was this speech specifically target to the the 40 hour per week porn surfers who are still employed and paid for by the taxpayers? WOW! They get floor speeches!

Posted by: Cornell1984 | March 3, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

He forgot the truth of that old saw, "What do Federal Bureaucracies and Thom McCann Shoe Stores have in common? 150,000 loafers!"

Posted by: fregameeate | March 3, 2011 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Looking at these nasty comments about Federal employees--I'm wondering if they were written on company computers or cell phones during business hours. Is the pot calling the kettle black ? (I'm not a governmental employee)

Posted by: chapmws | March 3, 2011 8:30 PM | Report abuse

There are thousands of unsung federal workers who put in a long day to do a variety of things to support this country. All the political pundents, members of Congress and POTUS do is freeze their salaries and raise their medical costs, in effect reducing their salary for the next three years. How many people in corporate America are going to allow their salaries to be frozen? NONE! The highly paid corporate CEO's and Wall Street stock market folks need to stop taking BILLIONS in salaries and bonus and donate them to the federal government.

Posted by: jonesxx | March 4, 2011 8:11 AM | Report abuse

The thousands of unsung workers are dwarfed by their millions of lazy, useless asssciates.

If it isn't a random sample, it's propaganda, Senator Goebells.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | March 4, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

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