Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Opposes “Short-Sighted” DOD Decision To Go Ahead With Plan To Furlough Employees

Bustos Has Always Been Against The Across-The-Board Budget Cuts Known As Sequestration & Has Repeatedly Called On Congress To Work Together To Take Sequestration Off The Table   

Bustos Also Called On Secretary Hagel To Avoid Making Civilian Furloughs This Year & Voted To Give DOD The Needed Flexibility To Reduce Spending Without Resorting To Furloughs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) released the following statement upon hearing news that the Department of Defense (DOD) will go ahead with a plan to furlough most civilian employees for 11 days by the end of September as the result of sequestration.  Bustos has always been against sequestration and has repeatedly called on Congress to work together to find a balanced, common sense way to avert the sequester.  Bustos also called on Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to avoid making civilian furloughs this year and she voted to give DOD the needed flexibility to reduce spending without resorting to furloughs in March. 

“I’ve been against the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration from the very beginning because of the negative impact they could have on the jobs and economy of our region.  That is why I am deeply disappointed that the Department of Defense announced today it will go ahead and furlough most civilian employees for 11 days by the end of September, despite Congress giving DOD the needed flexibility not to resort to furloughs.  This short-sighted decision is truly a bad deal for our region.

“While I strongly believe we need to get our budget in order and cut spending, we cannot take an ax to our economy and put more people out of work.  That’s why I’ve repeatedly called on Congress to work together to take sequestration off the table and called on Secretary Hagel to avoid furloughs this year.  I’ve also proposed the Government Waste Reduction Act, a bipartisan common sense bill to help reduce the deficit while protecting the middle class and our vital military installations, such as the Rock Island Arsenal.”