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Federal workers descended on the capitol Wednesday to fight back against the recent budget squeeze.
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Federal workers descended on the capitol Wednesday to fight back against the recent budget squeeze.

Federal workers rallied on Capitol Hill today in an effort to protect what they say are undue attacks on them from Republicans.

Several lawmakers in the region addressed this gathering of The National Treasury Employees Union, which represents employees from fifteen federal agencies. The group has identified more than twenty bills they say are detrimental to federal workers in the area, including numerous measures to extend a pay freeze and to reduce the size of the workforce.

Northern Virginia Democratic Congressman Jim Moran says it's easy for the GOP to beat up on bureaucrats, but the reality is that the workers provide vital services.

"These federal programs have a reason for their existence," says Moran. "You know, two-thirds of the federal workforce is involved in national security. So cutting these guys, you're endangering the safety and security of American citizens."

Republicans counter that in a time of fiscal austerity everyone needs to pitch in to get the nation's soaring debt under control. Their party recently won a battle that requires new federal employees to pay more into their pensions, but Democrats in the region were able to shield current employees from the increase.

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