Provided by Congressman Rob Wittman’s Office
Representative Rob Wittman (VA-01) was joined by Representative Gerald Connolly (VA-11) in introducing a bipartisan resolution designating May 5-11, 2019 as Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW).
H.Res. 353 commends federal, state, county and local government employees, as well as members of the uniformed services, for their tireless and dedicated efforts, and details the significant contributions that public servants have made to the United States. It celebrates the millions of innovative, highly-skilled men and women who have chosen lives of service to others—whether by defending freedom, fighting crime, promoting public health, or teaching the next generation of servant leaders.
“I want to extend my deepest gratitude to the men and women who consider public service a calling,” said Rep. Wittman. “Federal workers are effecting positive change in every community and in every state across the country. Congress charges these men and women with filling critical gaps, and each day, they perform those duties with precision. For years now, we’ve seen Washington use our public servants as pawns, and I have long stood in opposition to that kind of political gamesmanship. We can’t continue to ask our federal workforce to do more with less. It’s time for us to honor their patriotism and put our full support behind them and the important work that they do. I thank my colleague for joining me in that effort.”
“Public service is no less noble today than when John F. Kennedy called us to serve in his inaugural speech,” said Rep. Connolly. “Our federal employees are our nation’s unsung heroes, though they are rarely recognized as such. They ensure that the food we eat, the prescription drugs we take, the air we breathe, and the water we drink is safe. They make sure that Social Security checks arrive on time, protect us from terrorist and foreign adversaries, keep our air travel safe, and conduct thousands of other important functions that directly impact the quality of our lives in every community on a daily basis. During this Public Service Recognition Week, we should all take an opportunity to thank our federal employees for their dedicated service.”