“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.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.