U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) released the following statement on the announcement that the Department of Defense (DoD) would reduce the number of furlough days for DoD employees from 11 days to six days.
"This is a great first step for the folks in the 12th District, but I won't be satisfied until we do away with these furloughs altogether," said Congressman Barrow. "There is a bipartisan consensus in the House of Representatives that we can more efficiently cut federal spending than an across-the-board budget sequester. Folks who work at Fort Gordon, and in military installations all across the country, are paying the price for a broken system in Washington. That's not fair and that's not smart. We need to do all we can to make sure we cut spending in the right places, and not from the folks we rely on for our national security."
Congressman Barrow introduced legislation in the House of Representatives to eliminate the current DoD civilian furloughs. Additionally, the House approved an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2014 DoD Appropriations bill by Congressman Barrow and Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) to prohibit the furloughs from taking place in the next fiscal year, which begins October 1, 2013. Both of these amendments do not change the amount of money being cut from the DoD. Instead, the legislation calls for spending cuts to be made from other areas within the DoD budget where the Agency has acknowledged it has more funds than it needs.