Editor: My wife and I are both furloughed federal workers and we recently spent one of our down days in DC seeking answers. It was supposed to be our payday, but instead we both received paychecks of $0.00 and were bummed out as I can imagine many members of your readership are, too.
We made a visit to the newly elected Congresswoman of the 10th District of Virginia who was in her second week on the job. Rep. Wexton’s office was a beehive of activity. There were young staffers in every nook and cranny answering phone call after phone call from worried constituents as we waited. Meanwhile, lamps and tables and boxes of paperwork were being delivered and stacked up all over the place. Everyone was dealing with the chaos with smiles and utter professionalism.
When Congresswoman Wexton returned to the office, she immediately met with us in her office that was barely furnished, with bare shelves and without a picture on any wall. She listened intently, explained possible paths forward, and vowed to help. We left feeling optimistic.
Over the next few days, we saw Rep. Wexton on national television several times delivering a strong message to end the shutdown. I was extremely happy to see the new congresswoman step up for her constituents in such a way immediately upon taking office. It is a tough position for her to inherit and I give her the upmost respect. I am confident she will serve us well.
Brody McCray, Leesburg