President Obama's defense secretary, Leon Panetta, sent an email message on Friday
As you know, Congress is debating how it plans to meet its obligations and raise the debt ceiling so that the country can pay its bills," Panetta writes. "
Though Panetta is confident "Congress will do its job [and] enact an increase of the debt ceiling that [President Obama] can sign into law, and end this impasse," the main purpose of the note would seem to be to remind all "
TO DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EMPLOYEES
As you know, Congress is debating how it plans to meet its obligations and raise the debt ceiling so that the country can pay its bills.
The President expects that Congress will do its job, enact an increase of the debt ceiling that he can sign into law, and end this impasse. I am sending this note to remind you that Department of Defense employees should plan to come to work next week, as scheduled, at their normal place and time.
The patience, diligence, and professionalism that you all have shown through this challenging time in our Nation's history is something the American people can be proud of - and I am proud of as well.
As Secretary of Defense, you have my commitment that I will do everything possible to ensure that our national defense is protected.
Thank you for your service,
Leon E. Panetta
Secretary of Defense