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Obama to feds: 'None of this is fair to you'

Oct. 1, 2013 - 05:37PM   |  
By STEVE WATKINS   |   Comments
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As a government shutdown begins, President Obama issued a statement Tuesday in which he thanked federal employees for their service and vowed to 'do everything in my power to get the House of Representatives to allow our government to reopen as quickly as possible, and make sure you receive the pay that you have earned.' (Saul Loeb / AFP)

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As a government shutdown begins, President Obama issued a statement Tuesday in which he thanked federal employees for their service and vowed to “do everything in my power to get the House of Representatives to allow our government to reopen as quickly as possible, and make sure you receive the pay that you have earned.”

He added, “None of this is fair to you.”

The statement, posted on the Office of Personnel Management website, comes as agencies are shutting down and an estimated 800,000 federal employees begin furloughs of indefinite duration.

Obama praised employees for dedicating their careers to public service, even amid challenging times.

“You do all this in a political climate that, too often in recent years, has treated you like a punching bag. You have endured three years of a federal pay freeze, harmful sequester cuts, and now, a shutdown of our government. And yet, you persevere, continuing to serve the American people with passion, professionalism, and skill,” he said.

“None of this is fair to you. And should it continue, it will make it more difficult to keep attracting the kind of driven, patriotic, idealistic Americans to public service that our citizens deserve and that our system of self-government demands.”

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