Norton Introduces Resolution Supporting Federal Workers During Public Service Recognition Week

May 6, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) reintroduced her resolution supporting federal workers on Tuesday in honor of Public Service Recognition Week. She has introduced the resolution every Congress since 2012.

“This year has been particularly difficult for federal workers,” Norton said. “Many federal workers have had no choice but to come to work during the pandemic, potentially exposing themselves to a deadly disease and risking their very lives. On January 6th we had an insurrection resulting in the death of at least one Capitol Police officer. At our borders we’ve had large scale unrest as workers were asked to enforce inhumane policies. Yet at every challenge, federal workers rose to the occasion.

“Though it has been a difficult year, federal workers have also seen great successes, helping develop an effective vaccine against coronavirus, landing a ship on Mars, prosecuting many of the people involved in the January 6th attack on the Capitol, and just this week, federal workers at the U.S.-Mexico border started reuniting families separated under the Trump administration. These successes show us that dedication to public service is a worthy goal, and this resolution honors our federal workers.”

The text of the resolution follows below.



Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives supporting the Federal workforce.

Whereas thousands of civilian Federal employees have given their lives in the line of duty for their country, and their families now receive United States flags in their honor pursuant to bipartisan legislation;

Whereas Federal employees have supported, defended, and been indispensable to the progress the United States has achieved through times of war and peace, recession and prosperity, and global instability and uncertainty;

Whereas hundreds of thousands of Federal employees and Federal contractors endured a 35-day shutdown, the longest in United States history, in 2018 and 2019;

Whereas Federal employees have demonstrated outstanding productivity as indicated by the decline in the Federal workforce relative to the Nation’s population, with 92 residents for every Federal worker in the 1950s and 1960s to 145 residents for every Federal worker in 2011;

Whereas approximately 80 percent of Federal workers have attended college, compared with approximately 60 per- cent of private-sector workers;

Whereas approximately 21 percent of Federal workers hold masters, professional, or doctorate degrees, compared with approximately 9 percent of private-sector workers;

Whereas Federal employees undertake medical research that has resulted in vital discoveries and improved health due to improved vaccines, diagnoses, and cures, saving lives and enabling people in the United States to live longer and healthier;

Whereas Federal employees have achieved significant new sci- entific advances, from space exploration on Mars to bio- logical discoveries in oceanic waters;

Whereas Federal employees provide homeland security and protection for more than 8,000 miles of United States international land and water borders, while detecting and preventing illegal activities and contraband at the bor- ders;

Whereas Federal employees prevent the entry of terrorists and terrorist weapons into the United States and conduct investigations to prevent national security breaches and cyber crimes;

Whereas Federal employees engage in research, development, and deployment of high-level technology and other re- sources to protect the United States;

Whereas Federal employees ensure the safe operation of com- mercial and private aircraft, and provide security for, and protection of, air travelers, airports, and aircraft;

Whereas Federal employees prosecute crimes of violence, finan-cial crimes, public corruption, ethics violations, and fraud against taxpayer-supported Government services;

Whereas Federal employees enforce Federal laws in the pub- lic interest and prosecute cases in Federal courts to pro- tect civil rights and liberties;

Whereas Federal employees provide law enforcement and po- lice protection of national borders, domestic land and ter- ritories, and Federal buildings, monuments, and parks;

Whereas Federal employees perform scientific, technical, and legal work to protect copyrights, trademarks, and patents in furtherance of the United States progress in tech- nology, biosciences, and international competition;

Whereas Federal employees perform research and other sci- entific work related to environmental and life sciences management, conservation, and resource utilization;

Whereas Federal employees inspect and oversee agricultural production and distribution throughout the United States;

Whereas Federal employees provide medical and public health services for members of the United States Armed Forces and veterans in Department of Veterans Affairs hos- pitals, military hospitals, and community-based clinics throughout the United States;

Whereas Federal employees are responsible for many invalu- able social services, including Social Security, disability benefits, medical benefits, housing, employment, edu- cation, transportation, substance abuse, and adoption and foster care;

Whereas the United States Postal Service is an entirely self- supporting agency and while its employees do not receive Federal funding, employees work to ensure that every corner of the United States is served and connected regardless of zip code;

Whereas Federal employees have been steadfast in accom- plishing their indispensable missions, critical to the lives and well-being of the people of the United States, during the ‘‘Great Recession’’ and recovery, hiring freezes, pay freezes, and sequestration; and

Whereas Federal employees have continued to perform their duties in dangerous circumstances, including during the COVID–19 pandemic, in which Federal employees have supported the development of therapies and vaccines and otherwise worked to minimize the effects of the pandemic and end it as quickly as possible: Now, therefore, be it

  1. Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Rep-
  2. resentatives that—
  3. (1) Federal employees should be applauded for
  4. their tireless work and extensive efforts on behalf of
  5. the people of the United States;
  6. (2) Federal employees further should be recog-
  7. nized for the benefits that they bring to the public
  8. welfare, to the progress of democracy, and to the
  9. United States as a whole; and
  10. (3) Federal employees’ salaries and benefits
  11. should not be uniquely targeted for deficit reduction.