WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (KS-02) cosponsored an amendment to stop the Department of Defense (DOD) civilian furloughs through better prioritization of defense spending. The amendment will be included in H.R. 2397, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, for FY2014. The amendment passed late last night, and now the bill awaits final passage in the House.
“My district is home to Ft. Leavenworth and Forbes Field, two Kansas military installations where families are struggling with the DOD civilian furloughs. While they may not serve in uniform, many of these civilians provide critical support for our warfighters.
“While I fully support this level of spending cuts, the administration chose to take certain programs off the table, and put an unfair burden on our military.
“The House acted six times to prevent these furloughs, resolve sequestration, and find savings elsewhere in our bloated budget. And even though the administration and Senate majority had nearly two years to develop an alternative, they did nothing.
“Civilian employees are not the problem, and they should not be singled out to pay for Washington’s out-of-control spending habits. I ask my colleagues to join me to protect these Americans from another round of painful furloughs next year.”