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Posted at 6:04 PM ET, 03/ 4/2011

Sen. Mark Warner talking up federal workers

By Washington Post Editors

Ed O'Keefe reports on the Federal Eye blog that, 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.)

See the entire post on the Federal Eye.

By Washington Post Editors  | March 4, 2011; 6:04 PM ET
Categories:  Mark Warner  
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I truly appreciate the actions of Senator Warner. Over the last 25 years I've had the distinct honor to serve my country as a federal employee in Department of Homeland Security and as a civilian and a contractor with the Department of Defense. I've worked along side very dedicated individuals in support of the Navy and Marine Corps as well as in providing federal emergency responses to my fellow Americans. And since 1980 I've grown more and more disappointed with elected officials (also government employees) who've taken up the mantra of former President Reagan that government is the problem. The continued scapegoating of govenment employees begs the fact that no one, I REPEAT NO ONE, lives a life here in the US without the assistance of or taking advantage of the efforts of government. For pete's sake, these people are our neighbors, family and friends and demonizing them is a slap in the face to all their efforts. And I would remind the nay sayers that federal, state and local employees are only carrying out the policies of elected officials. So if they are dissolutioned with governemnt they have only themselves to blame.

Finally let's all remember that our servicemember's, police, fire fighters, jduges, district attorneys, etc are government employees without whom anarchy would reign.

Thank you Senator Warner from the bottom of my heart!

Posted by: JDYoung | March 5, 2011 4:50 AM | Report abuse

I second the sentiments expressed by the JDYoung post. I worked for the USGS (volcano and earthquake experts) for 2 years in the late 80's and found only hard working and dedicated scientists. Those who scapegoat government workers as the cause of our economic recession or who vilify them and lazy and ineffectual do so from ignorance.

Posted by: gfoster56 | March 6, 2011 1:34 PM | Report abuse

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