Government’s the enemy — until you need a friend

FYI, from the New York Times:

The Republican chairmen of the House and Senate veterans’ affairs committees dashed off a letter to President Trump Thursday demanding to know whether his executive order freezing federal hiring applied to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Surely you didn’t mean the department under our jurisdiction, suggested Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia and Representative Phil Roe of Tennessee:

“One of our government’s highest priorities — and V.A.’s single most important mission — is to provide timely, high-quality care to the men and women who have bravely served our nation in uniform. A robust clinical work force is vital to achieving that goal. As V.A. direct-care providers play a critical public health role, we believe that this action is in line with your intent to exempt positions necessary to meet public safety from the effects of this hiring freeze.

Also, as you have rightfully recognized many times before, the V.A. health care system is currently in a state of crisis.”

Don’t be surprised if more such letters emerge as the hiring freeze starts to bite.