House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon issued the following statement in response to the Department of Labor's claim that the WARN Act would not apply to sequestration:
"Instead of working to bring his party in the Senate to the negotiating table to resolve sequestration, the President is focused on preventing advance notice to American workers that their jobs are at risk and on perpetuating uncertainty. As it stands, the only certainty we are dealing with is that dramatic cuts will force huge job losses. And as a result of Secretary Solis' politically motivated guidance, people will still get laid off because of the President's irresponsibility, but they won't have the notice to protect themselves and their families. The President is doing nothing to look out for the American worker and is using our troops as leverage to push his failed political agenda."