WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ander Crenshaw called on the Secretary of Defense, OMB Director, and Secretary of Homeland Security to put civilian employees of the Department of Defense and U.S. Coast Guard back on the job.
Crenshaw has been appointed by House Speaker John Boehner to sit on the Conference Committee on the Continuing Resolution and also sits of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee and Chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government. He is continuing the fight to fund the federal government and stop Obamacare and issued the following statement on his latest effort to accomplish that goal:
“Civilian Department of Defense and U.S. Coast Guard employees support our Armed Forces in carrying out their mission to protect our national security and should be allowed to return to their jobs immediately,” said Crenshaw. “Any other interpretation of this law is wrong and has the potential to needlessly damage our national security.”
BACKGROUND: H.R. 3210, passed by the House and Senate and signed into law by President Obama, requires that members of the Armed Forces (including reservists), civilian personnel of the Department of Defense and U.S. Coast Guard, and contractors of the Department of Defense and U.S. Coast Guard be paid during the government shutdown. However, the Department of Defense’s interpretation of the law has resulted in the furlough of the hundreds of thousands of civilian DoD and U.S. Coast Guard employees in Florida and across the nation. Crenshaw signed a letter with 67 House Colleagues requesting that DoD and U.S. Coast Guard civilian employees “be returned to work without further delay. A full copy of that letter is attached.