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Read the Partisan Letter Obama Sent Fed Employees After Shutdown Went Into Effect
In this handout photo provided by The White House, U.S. President Barack Obama signs H.R. 3210, Pay Our Military Act, which provides continuing appropriations for pay and allowances for members of the Armed Forces during any period for which interim or full-year appropriations for FY 2014 are not in effect, in the Oval Office on September 30, 2013 in Washington, DC. If House Republicans do not find common ground with President Obama and Senate Democrats on the federal budget then at midnight large sections of the government will close, hundreds of thousands of workers would be furloughed without pay, and millions more would be asked to work for no pay. (Credit: Getty Images)

Read the Partisan Letter Obama Sent Fed Employees After Shutdown Went Into Effect

"This shutdown was completely preventable."

Federal employees were told Tuesday in a letter signed by President Barack Obama that Congress, particularly House Republicans, treats them like “punching bags.”

"You defend our country overseas and ensure that our troops receive the benefits they deserve when they come home,” the letter, dated Oct. 1, reads. “You guard our borders and protect our civil rights. You help small businesses expand and gain new footholds in overseas markets.”

Associated Press

The letter was posted on the Office of Personnel Management website after a partial government shutdown took effect at midnight Tuesday.

“You do all this in a political climate that, too often in recent years, has treated you like a punching bag,” Obama said. “You have endured three years of a federal pay freeze, harmful sequester cuts, and now, a shutdown of our government.”

Obama praised federal workers for their “noble” and selfless public service, even quoting former President George H.W. Bush.

“As one of my predecessors, President George H.W. Bush, once said, ‘There is nothing more fulfilling than to serve your country and your fellow citizens and to do it well. And that is what our system of self-government depends on,’” Obama said.

Obama then devoted two paragraphs to blaming the Republican-controlled House of Representatives for the shutdown.

“This shutdown was completely preventable,” he said. “It should not have happened. And the House of Representatives can end it as soon as it follows the Senate's lead, and funds your work in the United States government without trying to attach highly controversial and partisan measures in the process.”

“I will continue 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 said.

Shortly after the shutdown went into effect, Congress introduced a bill that would assure retroactive back pay for all federal employees, meaning they will be paid in full once the shutdown ends.

You can read the full letter here:

This post has been updated.


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