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Courtney: Furlough Reduction is Welcome News, But Sequestration Continues to Inflict Damage

August 7, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON--Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) released the following statement after Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that furloughs for civilian Defense Department employees will be reduced from 11 days to six. Furloughs went into effect on July 8 after sequestration forced the Defense Department to make deep cuts to their FY13 budget.

"Today's announcement is a much-needed dose of relief for hard working civilians in Connecticut and around the country who help protect our nation. Finding savings throughout the defense budget to reduce furloughs will help restore critical workdays so that the mission of the SUBASE, the Connecticut National Guard’s TASMG in Groton and Naval Undersea Warfare Center can move forward.

"Although the reduction of furlough days is welcome news, this announcement does not end the harm sequester is inflicting on DOD employees and their vital missions -- and on critical domestic services such as Head Start and NIH, among many others. Speaker Boehner should cancel the recess and immediately complete work on a budget which turns off sequester once and for all and reduces the federal budget deficit in a reasonable and thoughtful way."

"I want to salute leaders in Connecticut like Robert Faulise with the National Association of Government Employees and Adam Puccino with the Metal Trades Council who helped raise public awareness back home on the negative impact of sequestration on our military readiness and our communities in Connecticut. I will continue to work closely with them to keep pressure on in Congress to find the political will to end these unnecessary and self-inflicted cuts to our defense capabilities and our economy."

Click here for a recent letter Congressman Courtney sent to DOD Comptroller Robert Hale urging for continued action to reduce furloughs bellows 11 days.