Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in response to the Department of Defense's plan to furlough civilian employees in order to deal with budget cuts enforced by sequestration:
"Today, the Pentagon's civilian employees join the growing list of Americans bearing the brunt of the devastating sequester cuts. As long as House Republicans refuse to replace the sequester, hard-working Americans will see crippling cuts to services in education, health, and national security.
"Our civilian employees are crucial to maintaining our defense capabilities. Given these cuts, we cannot expect our military to maintain the same level of readiness and support for our service members and their families.
"The only way to address these consequences is to put our country's safety, security, and economic well-being before political partisanship. House Republicans must appoint budget conferees so we can work together to replace the sequester with a budget that creates jobs, strengthens the middle class, and reduces the deficit in a responsible way."