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Congressman Rob Bishop

Representing the 1st District of Utah

Rep. Bishop’s Response to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s Furlough Reduction

August 6, 2013
Press Release
WASHINGTON— Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) today issued the following response regarding U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's decision to reduce furlough days for civilian defense workers from 11 days to six days through the remainder of the fiscal year.  Bishop, who opposed the defense sequester, has aggressively challenged the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) on its decision to implement furloughs. Most recently, Congressman Bishop met with Under Secretary Robert Hale to discuss the DOD's justification for furloughing employees at working capital fund depots, including Ogden Air Logistics Complex. Bishop also succeeded in passing an amendment that would prohibit civilian defense employees paid out of working capital funds from being furloughed.

"Secretary Hagel is validating what many of us thought all along- that furloughing civilian defense workers, particularly Air Force workers, could have been avoided. I realize that after three rounds of draconian cuts to the Defense budget, the U.S. Department of Defense had to make cuts just about everywhere possible. However, there were early indications, particularly following congressional action, that furloughs may not actually be necessary and that cuts could be absorbed in other areas. The continued reduction of days from 22, to 11, to six illustrates that this is likely the case. After many meetings with military leaders and Pentagon officials it was clear that the Administration's decision to proceed with furloughs was based more on politics than the law or actual need and it's concerning that they played politics with the livelihoods of hard working Americans. If Secretary Hagel wants to do the right thing, he should reduce furlough days to zero. Six is certainly better than 22 but zero is the ultimate goal."