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Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 04/08/2011

NoVa is “ground zero” for federal shutdown

Congressman Jim Moran at the emergency town hall meeting at Francis C Hammond Middle School. No news is bad news. (Astrid Riecken - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
In the three congressional districts of Northern Virginia we have 163,124 federal employees, according to statistics released by Congress. That means in NoVa alone, we have eight percent of the entire federal workforce. And that doesn’t even include federal contractors, which make up another huge chunk of our area.

So we have angst. Lots of angst. Last night, Rep. Jim Moran of Alexandria held an emergency town hall meeting where people discussed that angst. And when he said things like, “At this point in time there is little sentiment [in Congress] to reimburse those...employees who have been furloughed” and “start conserving whatever financial resources you have,” anxiety was probably not reduced.

Moran’s district, with Alexandria, Arlington and parts of Fairfax, has 69,733 federal workers, the most of any congressional district in the country.

Rep. Frank Wolf’s NoVa-spanning 10th district with Loudoun, parts of Fairfax and Prince William and out to West Virginia, has 35,077 federal employees.

Rep. Gerald Connolly’s Fairfax and Prince William 11th district has 58,314 federal workers.

The Post’s Ben Pershing has more of the news that will likely not make anyone feel better about this.

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Categories:  Alexandria, Politics | Tags:  federal shutdown, Rep. Jim Moran, Virginia

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