U.S. Senator Ted Kaufman (D-Del.) released the following statement Thursday in reaction to the most recent Republican attack on the federal workforce outlined in their "Pledge to America":
"Once again, Republican leaders have chosen short term political gain over what is best for America. Cutting the pay or freezing the hiring of federal employees will only leave us vulnerable to the kind of dangerous regulatory lapses we experienced under the Bush Administration. And it is based on a seriously flawed view of federal employee pay.
"The truth is that nearly 2 million -- a number that has stayed virtually the same since 1960 despite a 40% increase in U.S. population -- wake up every day and go to work for the American people, for their neighbors, their friends and family, for folks they have never met or will never meet. The claim that they are paid twice on average what their counterparts make in the private sector is scurrilous and false. Indeed, the facts are that most federal employees are serving their country at a sacrifice.
"Americans want government that works. They want better government, not smaller. We won't achieve that by vilifying those who choose to work in public service - often at great sacrifice - and strive toward that end every day."
Kaufman has consistently criticized those who have called for pay cuts and hiring freezes for federal employees, instead calling for a strategic investment in the future of our federal workforce.