House to Vote on Amendment to End Civilian Furloughs
Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05) is leading a bipartisan effort to end Department of Defense sequestration-related civilian furloughs. Late last night, the House Rules Committee ruled in order Lamborn’s amendment to next year’s defense funding bill, H.R. 2397, that would prohibit the Pentagon from using any funds to implement sequestration-related civilian furloughs after October 1, 2013.
“These civilian furloughs must end. I opposed sequestration and have been fighting civilian furloughs from the beginning. I believe these furloughs are unnecessary and politically motivated. My amendment would restore sanity to our defense spending and restore pay to our civilian workforce.
“Hard working middle class families all over America are hurting as a result of President Obama’s misguided efforts to weaken our nation’s civilian defense force.” — Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
The amendment, #108, is cosponsored by Democrats Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) and John Barrow (GA-12), and Republican Lynn Jenkins (KS-02).
The House is expected to vote on the amendment Wednesday, July 24.
Background: for a list of legislative actions Congressman Lamborn has taken to eliminate or reduce defense sequestration cuts, click here.
Recent letters Lamborn has sent related to civilian furloughs:
Lamborn letter to Missile Defense Agency on reports that MDA could avoid civilian furloughs:
Lamborn letter to Secretary of Defense asking for more flexibility on furloughs:
Lamborn asks for furlough exemptions for Black Forest Fire:
DOD grants furlough exemptions for Black Forest Fire: