Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, released the following statement as the Department of Defense has announced that civilian worker furloughs will be decreased from 11 to 6:

“While any reduction in the unfair and demoralizing furloughs is welcomed, the uncertainty that still lingers in the DOD civilian worker community is unacceptable. The Defense Department cannot continue to play games with the professional and personal lives of these dedicated employees. Just yesterday, I heard from a number of these employees who are feeling the real impacts of sequestration cuts. These employees and our nation’s security cannot afford 9 more years of furloughs. It is time for the President and the Senate to join the House in enacting legislation which would avert sequestration and return normalcy to the operations of our Defense Department.”