I am proud to represent the tens of thousands of federal employees and retirees who live in Virginia's First District. These hardworking patriots serve our nation on a daily basis, whether it be keeping our skies safe for travelers with the FAA or supporting our troops on the front lines of the war on terror with the CIA.
I make it a priority to engage with federal employee groups, including the American Federation of Government Employees, to discuss issues I know are a concern to federal employees. Two of the most pressing issues are sequestration and the recent hiring freeze announcement.
Sequestration, as you know, has been harmful to our federal employees and our national defense. In fact, we've seen an arbitrary 31 percent cut to defense spending between 2010 and 2016. And those cuts have hurt operations, maintenance, and readiness, making our country less safe. I promise to do all I can to work with other leaders in Congress to find a solution to the sequestration challenge.
I am a Co-Chair, along with my colleague Congressman Gerry Connolly (VA-11), of the Congressional Public Service Caucus and The Smart Contracting Caucus. Both of these bipartisan caucuses are committed to building public and congressional support for a well-trained, high-performing federal workforce. We will advance policies that will help the government attract and retain talented Americans. I look forward to working with my fellow Caucus members to ensure that lawmakers have the information they need to develop sound policy on federal workforce issues.