President Thanks Returning Workers

OSHA and EPA personnel returning from the 16-day federal government shutdown have an extra reason to be proud of their service, along with other federal workers idled during the unplanned break. President Obama wrote a letter to federal workers thanking them for their work, saying, "I know it has been a frustrating and stressful few weeks for you and your families."

"I want to remind you, again, that the public service you perform—the role you play in the life of our country—it is important. It matters," he wrote. "You defend our country overseas and deliver benefits our troops have earned when they come home. You help folks after a storm. You guard our borders and protect our civil rights. You keep our food and our workplaces safe, and protect the air we breathe and the water we drink. You help businesses expand and enter new markets. You push the very boundaries of science and space, and guide hundreds of thousands of people each day through the glory of America's natural wonders."

His Oct. 17 letter is available here.

Posted by Jerry Laws on Oct 18, 2013