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Area GOP reps buck party, support ‘clean’ funding

House Republicans aren’t known as the best friends of federal employees.

(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

The unanimous House approval of legislation allowing furloughed feds to be paid isn’t enough for the GOP to escape the blame placed on them by many workers and their unions for the ongoing legislative deadlock. It continues to shut out hundreds of thousands of employees, ruin public services and make Uncle Sam look like Bozo the Clown.

Much of the government is closed because Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, and the caucus he nominally leads insist on undermining or destroying the Affordable Care Act as part of any action to keep the government fully functional.

But not all Republicans are alike.

Reps. Frank Wolf and Rob Wittman, Virginia Republicans with Washington metro-area constituencies, have voiced strong support for federal workers. Though they are rated poorly on federal labor organization scorecards, especially Wittman, in recent days they have broken from Boehner by saying they would vote for a “clean CR,” a temporary government funding measure not muddied by partisan attempts to defund or delay Obamacare.

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Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about federal government and workplace issues that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012. Davidson previously was an assistant city editor at The Washington Post and a Washington and foreign correspondent with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered federal agencies and political campaigns.



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