Congressman Tim Ryan Calls on Congress to Replace Sequester as Department of Defense Employees in Ohio Face up to 11 Day Furlough

May 31, 2013 Issues: Helping Working Families

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Tim Ryan today called on Congress to reach an agreement to replace sequester with sensible and balanced legislation that will protect our defense establishment, produce jobs, protect critical investments in research and infrastructure, and rein in long-term deficits. Congressman Ryan voted against sequester in federal agencies —and the evidence is becoming clear that sequester was a mistake. Earlier this week, the Department of Defense (DoD) began issuing furlough notices to non-exempt employees, including up to 22,397 DoD employees in Ohio, who may lose wages totaling $73,909,965. DoD employees face up to eleven days off beginning around July 8th.

“The cuts to the Defense Department and to over 22,000 Ohio employees are just another example of the senseless cuts brought about by sequester,” said Congressman Ryan. “As has been pointed out by our military leaders, these furloughs—and other cuts to the Defense Department hurt our readiness and our ability to respond in case of an emergency. In Ohio this means time off of work and lost wages that will hurt our working families. Congress needs to stop legislating by ideology and begin to address the many problems facing the country.”

Nationally, more than 651,000 DoD employees – 85% of its workforce – will be furloughed at some point. The impact of these furloughs on the U.S. economy is expected to cost more than $2 billion dollars.


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Pat Lowry
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Congressman Tim Ryan
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