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President Obama thanks federal workers

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has sent a note to all federal employees thanking them for their “patience and professionalism” during recent nerve-wracking budget negotiations.

Lawmakers reached an 11th-hour compromise on Friday for the fiscal 2011 budget, averting a federal government shutdown.  The budget battle has caused a lot of stress for troops, military families and Defense Department civilians, who faced suspended paychecks or furloughs if the government had shut down. Through it all, federal employees and their families “affirmed my confidence in you,” Obama wrote in his letter.

“You do your jobs without complaint or much recognition,” he wrote. “But it is men and women like you who help make America all it is, by responding to the needs of our people, and keeping our country safe and secure. And so, I want to thank you not only for your forbearance in recent weeks, but for the service you render each and every day to the United States of America.”

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