Rob Wittman Urges Congress to Pass Furlough Prohibition for 2014
July 25, 2013
Rob Wittman speaks on the House floor on July 25, 2013:
Yesterday the House passed important legislation -- the defense appropriations bill.
This bill prohibits furloughs on employees serving our Department of Defense in Fiscal Year 2014.
These employees are on their third week of furloughs.
This week we heard from Undersecretary of Defense Comptroller Bob Hale the adverse impacts which are expected to worsen if furloughs continue.
His message made clear the harm furloughs have already had on our force readiness.
He echoed what I am hearing from my constituents that I talk to each day -- dedicated patriots employed by DoD are disappointed and frustrated they cannot support the warfighter and are fearful of an unknown future.
While it may be too late for the 11 days of furlough through September, Congress has the opportunity, and I believe, the obligation, to get this important provision prohibiting furloughs signed into law as soon as possible.
I urge the Senate to join the House in passing this important measure.
With that Mr. Speaker I yield back.