Turner: Wright-Patterson AFB Furloughed Workers Deserved to be Paid
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, issued the following statement after his concerns over Department of Defense civilian personnel receiving furlough pay.
“Nearly 400,000 civilian workers were unnecessarily and unilaterally furloughed by The President. These hard working men and women should not be punished because the Administration was willing to use them as a bargaining chip in this political showdown.
These civilian employees have returned to their jobs despite the fact the budget impasse continues, further underscoring they should not have been furloughed in the first place. Now that they are allowed to return to work, I want to make sure they receive all furlough pay and allowances they deserve.
I have written to the President and Secretary Hagel, they must ensure all Department of Defense civilian personnel receive the compensation owed to them for the period of time in which they were subject to a Presidential furlough.”
NOTE: A copy of the letter sent to President Obama is below and attached to this message.