“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to be a public servant, provide assistance to a member of Congress, and hopefully, make a positive difference in the district and in the country.”
I was thinking of these comments after completing a recent interview with a cable news network, which was doing a story on health care benefits for members of Congress and their staffs. The conversation continued between the reporter and the TV anchor on air. When the reporter noted that under an Office of Personnel Management rule, staff would continue to receive an employer contribution for their health care insurance (sometimes called a “subsidy”), the anchor replied, “Makes me hate them even more.”
Looking at the comments from congressional staff, does this look like a workforce deserving of our hatred, or one that is worthy of our admiration, support and gratitude?
Bradford Fitch is president and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation and a former congressional staffer.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.