To the Editor:
As the president of the largest federal employees union in Congressman John Carter’s district, I felt compelled to respond to Mr. Peter Clark’s letter to the editor, “AFGE employees upset at GOP but Democrats to blame as well.” (March 24)
It is very clear to all who read that message that Mr. Peter Clark was misinformed, because if he had listened to our message, and had known what our concerns as federal employees are, he would have known that most federal employees, not just AFGE members in Central Texas, but across the nation, are very upset at politicians such as John Carter, who during the budget deficit crisis, voted to put a pay freeze on federal employees in 2010 for two years; that took $103 billion away from federal employees and their families. It wasn’t federal employees who caused the budget deficit, and Congress shouldn’t try and balance the budget on federal employees’ backs.
Congress should repeal sequestration because it was designed as a tactic, a threat that would cause Congress to act, not an acceptable action in and of itself. Sequestration has failed and no longer serves any genuinely useful purpose. I believe sequestration will significantly undermine national security and will also create an economic crisis for our community. When DoD civilian employees lose 20 percent of their pay, they will be spending less in our community.
John Carter has toed the Republican line since he has been in office and many Central Texans have witnessed that and are fed up with his inability to compromise and get things done. Carter voted in January to extend that same pay freeze on federal employees for 2013. John Carter has failed to respond to invitations to meet with the civilian leadership at Fort Hood and at the VA hospital in Temple to discuss issues that affect federal employees in this district. Mr. Clark needs to recognize that John Carter works for the constituents he serves, not the other way around.
Mr. Clark should know that if John Carter was a Democrat but had the same voting records ... federal employees in Central Texas would surely be very upset with him as well.
The point is not whether Rep. Carter is Republican or Democrat. It is his lack of support for the civilian workers dedicated to serving the military families and veterans in his district.
President, AFGE Local 1920