Congressman Jon Runyan made the following statement on the recent announcement regarding Department of Defense (DoD) furloughs:
"I am pleased that the Department reduced the number of planned furlough days for civilian employees from the 11 days they had initially decided upon to 6 days.
From the beginning, I have been against the President and the Pentagon using civilian furloughs as a "bill payer" despite some of the military Services stating that they did not even need or want to enact civilian furloughs. I have joined my colleagues in bipartisan letters to the Secretary of Defense, clearly stating my opposition to furloughs and urging the Department to look to other areas for cost-savings. I am glad the Secretary of Defense followed the urgings of myself and my fellow Members of Congress and made this decision to end the furlough early.
The fact that Working Capital Fund (WCF) employees, including NAVAIR Lakehurst, were included in the furlough was a clear indication that DoD's decision was not based on pure budgetary constraints. WCF employees are not paid out of the general appropriations fund, and DoD's actions actually resulted in increased costs to the Department.
Although we still have a tremendous amount of work ahead of us in the fall to resolve our ongoing budget challenges, I know that many workers at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL) and their families are breathing a sigh of relief that things are at least moving in the right direction.
I greatly appreciate the work done by all employees at JB MDL, in the New Jersey National Guard, and throughout the country, and will continue to support JB MDL and those who work there.
I remain concerned about the long-term impact of sequestration on our military readiness and certainly hope that we can find a bipartisan way forward."
To see the two bipartisan letters that were sent to the Secretary of Defense, please click on the attachments below.