Delaware senator takes aim at GOP VP nominee Ryan

While the national political attention is on the GOP convention in Tampa this week, Democratic U.S. Senator Chris Coons from Delaware visited with active and retired federal workers to talk politics.

Speaking in front of several dozen members of the Wilmington Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees, Coons talked about his reasons for voting against the budget proposal of Paul Ryan, a Republican who is now running as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential candidate.

“While I recognize that all of us need to make some sacrifice to get our country back on track financially, I am afraid that federal employees have been singled out in dozens of proposals that were on the floor of the Senate in the past year, as the all-too-easy, nobody’s-here-fighting-for-them group to make more sacrifices than others.”

Coons says the general public doesn’t give enough credit to the work of federal employees.  “I think the general public needs to know about the great work that federal employees do,” Coons told the members of NARFE.  “There’s 14,000 current and retired federal employees in Delaware, and I just want to thank this organization for being their voice.”

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