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Congressman Wants Federal Employees to Call Him

A Maryland Congressman wants federal employees to know that they are free to call him despite the Trump administration’s recent efforts to filter agency communications.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is the ranking Democrat on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the House of Representatives. He is encouraging federal employees to contact Congress if they are alarmed by the Trump administration’s policies.

Cummings says a gag order that has been placed on federal employees has been bothering him. “One [issue] of which has been bothering me all night, and that is this whole thing of a gag order on federal employees,” said Cummings.

He added that the House Committee of which he is a part (Oversight and Government Reform) depends a lot on whistleblowers, so he wants federal workers to know that they are free to speak up.

“I want to make sure all of those federal employees who have anything they want to say to Congress, because there is some confusion as to whether they can talk to us; I’m telling you the law protects you and I will do every single thing in my power to make sure you’re protected. Call me. I want to talk to you.”

Cummings made the statements on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. The relevant portion starts at about 50 seconds into the video.

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