Virginia Democrats Fight for Federal Workers, Against Government Shutdown

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    See the “flip” for two press releases and a news article which demonstrate how Virginia Democratic Senators and Representatives are fighting for federal workers, and how Republicans are…well, not so much.

    1. From Mark Warner’s office: “U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) and Jim Webb (D-VA) filed legislation today that would ensure that federal workers receive retroactive pay for the duration of a potential government shutdown.

    2. From Government Executive: “Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., on Friday introduced a bill (H.R. 1429) that would compensate all federal employees at the end of a shutdown regardless of their furlough status. Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Frank Wolf, R-Va., are co-sponsors.” Great work by Jim Moran and Gerry Connolly. As for Frank Wolf, my question is, how does he reconcile is cosponsorship of this legislation with his continued support for the Tea Partiers’ extremist social agenda, as well as for BONEr’s and Can’tor’s reckless game of “chicken” on the budget? In short, Frank Wolf is part of the problem, not the solution, no matter if he tries to hide that by sticking his name on Jim Moran’s bill.

    3. Finally, from DPVA Spokesman Brian Coy, we have this gem: “As Virginians brace for the multiple economic impacts of a potential government shut down, former-Senator George Allen is spending his time and campaign cash making sure conservatives know that he’s done as much as anyone to limit a woman’s right to choose in Virginia.”

    So, there you have it — Virginia Democratic Senators and Representatives are busy fighting to protect federal workers, as well as working hard to prevent a government shutdown. In contrast, Virginia Tea Partiers and their Republican compadres (e.g., George Allen) are either staying silent altogether, or are busy promoting their radical agenda on defunding Planned Parenthood (97% of whose money is spent on women’s health, contraception, and other NON-abortion related matters), trashing the environment, opposing consumer protection, you name it, even if it shuts down the government. Just remember who was on your side and who couldn’t care less, come the next time you see these peoples’ names on the ballot.

    VIRGINIA, MARYLAND SENATORS INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO GUARANTEE PAY FOR INVOLUNTARILY FURLOUGHED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

    ~ Bill ensures retroactive pay for all federal employees ~

    WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Sens.  Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) and Jim Webb (D-VA) filed legislation today that would ensure that federal workers receive retroactive pay for the duration of a potential government shutdown.  Currently, federal pay is suspended in the event of a funding lapse or government shutdown, and retroactive payment for “non-essential” and “essential” employees must be specifically approved by Congress.

    “Federal employees, including up to 90% of the civilian workforce at the Pentagon and thousands of other federal employees across Virginia, could be sent home without pay during any government shutdown,” Senator Warner said. “These employees provide critical support for our ongoing military operations, including humanitarian relief in Japan, and they should not be penalized for Congress’ inability to resolve our political and policy differences with a short-term spending bill.”

    “Federal employees who were furloughed through no fault of their own should be paid,” said Senator Mikulski. “Dedicated civil servants should not be scapegoats for the decisions of politicians. They should be paid retroactively and I believe they should be paid in a timely way. I oppose this Tea Party shutdown. I am for cuts. I have reformed spending. I have initiated cuts. I believe we need a more frugal, efficient federal government. But it can’t be done through serial CRs on the back of federal employees.”

    “Marylanders who work for the federal government do not deserve to be locked out of their jobs and lose pay because lawmakers cannot agree on a budget,” said Senator Cardin.  “These are real people with families who are hurting and a shutdown is not of their making.  I want to make sure they are not penalized by the inability of Congress to pass a budget.”

    “Individuals who dedicate their lives to public service should not have their livelihoods threatened due to Congress’ failure to execute its core function of funding the government,” said Senator Webb. “For that reason, as a matter of fairness, this legislation will ensure that federal workers are compensated for any wages lost if the government is forced to shut down.”

    As government shut down looms, Allen focuses on social issues

    Richmond, VA – As Virginians brace for the multiple economic impacts of a potential government shut down, former-Senator George Allen is spending his time and campaign cash making sure conservatives know that he’s done as much as anyone to limit a woman’s right to choose in Virginia.

    “As of Friday evening, conservative ideologues in congress are threatening to hold our government hostage over social issues that have nothing to do with creating jobs or balancing the budget,” said DPVA Communications Director Brian Coy. “Instead of urging his colleagues to put the best interests of Virginians ahead of their political agenda, George Allen chose to make his far-right record on women’s health one of the first paid communications of his campaign.

    “This raises the question of whether or not he agrees with Republicans in Washington who are willing to risk damaging Virginia’s fragile economy by shutting down the government over funding for women’s health clinics.”

    Background:

    The Allen campaign mailer, covered on the conservative blog Bearing Drift, features several quotes by Allen supporters touting his credentials as a fighter for the pro-life, anti-choice cause.

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    The U.S. Congress is still in the midst of negotiations over a measure to continue funding for the federal government through the remainder of the year.

    According to multiple reports the negotiations are hung up on a proposed Republican amendment to strip federal funding for Planned Parenthood clinics that provide essential reproductive health services to women around the country. Federal law already prohibits using government funding for abortions.

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    A federal shutdown could have profound affects on Virginia’s economy, particularly in light of the number of federal employees who live in the Commonwealth and could be furloughed.

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    • The impending government shutdown is unacceptable. Not only will it cost taxpayers more in the long run, but it’s foolish to play dice with our economy just when we’re seeing the first signs of recovery. What’s more, it’s going to hurt Virginia’s many federal workers and military families at home and abroad.

      As Governor, I faced a similar situation in 2006 – but we did what Virginians have always been able to do. We sat down, listened to each other, and worked it out. It didn’t take a government shutdown to solve our budget problems – it took civility, respect, and common sense.

      The impending shutdown shows us one of the primary flaws in how Washington works – or rather doesn’t work – today. Speaker Boehner shouldn’t allow our country’s budget to be held hostage by a small group with an ideological agenda trying to score political points. Republicans and Democrats need to work together to make progress on fiscal responsibility. Shutdowns, stunts and politically motivated brinksmanship aren’t going to move us forward.

      Our campaign is about making smart progress toward fiscally responsible solutions. The thousands of people who have joined this campaign in just the first few days are a good reminder that, while some people in Congress are confirming many Americans’ pessimism about politics, many people just like you still believe that we can overcome bitter partisanship and move forward.

      Our leaders in Washington are facing a tough challenge, but I know – from experience – that it’s not insurmountable and it doesn’t have to divide us. I hope that all of you who have joined this campaign will stay hopeful, as I am, that we can bring the lessons we’ve learned in Virginia to Washington, and change things for the better together.

    • blue bronc

      After Moran’s townhall pointing out how Easter break may interfere with the budget battle and we will be out until May (at least)anybody trying to give nice words is good.

    • Mike1987

      What I find interesting was that Warner, Web, and Connolly seemed to be irrelevant in this whole mess. Aside from a few tweets and press releases they were NOT participants in the fight. Rep Weiner and Sen Schumer were.  Heck, I saw sex-kitten Barbara Mikulski out there defending American workers and women (when she’s outraged, you run, run for you life).  Did I miss something?

      But where was the outrage from our blue-ball dog Democrats? Heck, even low-to-the-ground Gerry tweeted a few times but did not see him on CBS, NBC, MSNBC, Fake News, CNN (more fake news), or ABC (who?)

      You are not part of the battle or solution if you don’t show up. A press release “don’t cut it” and a tweet, while nice, does not replace being on local TV, live, and in full bloom outrage.  They don’t equate.