Maloney Votes to Eliminate Thousands of Civilian Furloughs in the Hudson Valley
Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) supported the bipartisan Fiscal Year 2014 Department of Defense (DoD) Appropriations bill, which prohibits furloughs of civilians within the Department of Defense and military technicians. At the USMA at West Point instillation, 1,976 civilian personnel have been furloughed, including 675 at the Military Academy, 675 at the US Army Garrison, 263 at the Keller Hospital, and 58 at the Network Enterprise Center. At the USMA, the average salary in lost wages is approximately $4,181.76 per person - an 18% reduction in pay between July 1 and September 30. Over 200 military technicians are facing furloughs at Stewart Air National Guard.
“The disastrous furloughs of last Congress’ sequester are badly hurting thousands of our hardworking neighbors in the Hudson Valley,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “It’s time we finally fix these arbitrary cuts and ensure civilian employees at West Point and the Stewart Air National Guard don’t face furloughs again.”
In addition, this legislation gives our Armed Forces the resources they need to keep our country safe and support our military families. Specifically, this legislation gives our troops a pay raise, cracks down on sexual assault in the military, and prohibits price increases in TRICARE, the military health insurance program.
“This bipartisan bill will allow us to strengthen our national defense, protect our troops and their families, and protect the benefits our veterans have earned,” concluded Rep. Maloney.
Rep. Maloney is currently a co-sponsor of bipartisan legislation that would exempt National Guard Military Technicians from sequestration. In May, Rep. Maloney sent a bipartisan letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel denouncing the Department of Defense plan to furlough civilian employees and urging the Secretary to reconsider. Rep. Maloney previously sent a letter to President Obama and Secretary Hagel after voting to give the Pentagon more flexibility on sequestration cuts. Maloney first called on Congress to replace the across the board cuts in February.