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Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 09/04/2012

Democratic platform defends government initiatives

The Democratic Party platform released late Monday says little about federal employees, although it defends programs in which they work, as well as the Obama administration’s record in running the government.


An advance team checks the stage hours before the start of the Democratic National Convention Sept. 4, 2012 in Charlotte, N.C. (Robyn Beck - AFP/Getty Images)

The document replies, at least indirectly, to the Republican counterpart of last week that asserted that the federal government has grown too intrusive.

“Efficient and effective regulations enforce common sense safeguards to protect the American people. That’s what we’ve done in this country for more than a century. It’s why our food is safe to eat, our water is safe to drink, and our air is safe to breathe,” the Democratic Party platform says.

“President Obama has also called for an ambitious, transparent, and unprecedented government-wide review of existing federal regulations to eliminate unnecessary rules. In response, more than two dozen agencies have released plans to streamline existing requirements. Just a small fraction of these initiatives will save billions of dollars in the near future without sacrificing consumer protections, the environment, workplace safety, or health,” it adds.

The platform cites initiatives to employ 100,000 persons with disabilities in the federal government by 2015, to make federal information more accessible to the public, and to strengthen medical care, employment and other programs for veterans and their families.

It does not address directly the Republican platform’s assertion that federal employees are over-compensated relative to the private sector, nor the GOP’s call for cutting the federal workforce by 10 percent through attrition. However, it says, “Looking to make our government leaner, smarter, and more consumer-friendly, President Obama has asked Congress to reinstate the authority that past presidents had to reorganize and consolidate government agencies.”

The platform also calls for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, the law that excludes a same-sex spouse of a federal employee married in a jurisdiction recognizing such a marriage from eligibility for many federal work-related benefits, including family health insurance coverage and retirement survivor annuities.

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