Are you buying it?
During a speech at the Legislative Conference of the National Treasury Employees Union last week, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said that many Americans don’t understand what motivates people to seek jobs in government.
“People do not seem to understand that so many people come to government knowing that they are not going to make the kind of money that they would make in the private sector but they come to government to feed their souls,” Cummings said.
That’s why the lawmaker says he’s dedicated to increasing wages for federal workers.
“So what are my priorities? What’s my reason for being here?” Cummings said. “My ardent priority is to do whatever I can to help federal workers obtain fair compensation and meaningful pay raises.”