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Barrow introduces bill to eliminate civilian defense furloughs

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 8:09 PM
Last updated 8:49 PM
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U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., introduced legislation Tuesday that would exempt Fort Gordon’s civilian work force from the 11-day furlough the Department of Defense began enforcing Monday to save $1.8 billion by the end of the 2013 fiscal year.

“Folks in the 12th District are facing furloughs because Congress can’t get its act together long enough to replace these reckless cuts with more responsible savings,” Barrow said in a statement. “My legislation keeps civilian employees on the job and forces the DoD to find cuts elsewhere in the budget.”

House Bill 2613 would amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to give President Obama the authority to grant furlough exemptions to all civilian employees in the Department of Defense.

The Pentagon approved 88 hours of unpaid leave for its civilian employees in May to make up $37 billion in cuts from sequestration that kicked in March 1 and cut $20 billion in operations and maintenance accounts.

At Fort Gordon, the time off is expected to affect more than 3,000 employees between now and Sept. 30, including 35 security guards whose absence has led to major traffic delays at the Army post’s clearance gates.

Barrow said the bill has been referred to the House Budget Committee and that he is actively seeking support.

Also Tuesday, Barrow introduced a second bill, H.R. 2614, to exempt civilian defense employees from furloughs if they’ve served on active duty in the armed forces on or after the passage of the Budget Control Act.

As he traveled throughout the 12th District, Barrow said he spoke with servicemen and servicewomen who served overseas, only to return home and receive furlough papers.

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corgimom
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corgimom 07/09/13 - 10:13 pm
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I think an excellent cut

I think an excellent cut would be in John Barrow's salary from Congress.

Wonder why he doesn't propose that?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/09/13 - 10:54 pm
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Absolutely Not, John!

Talk about a cowardly congressman — We do not need to exempt these civil service employees from the sequester. These are the people for whom Obama's sequester were expressly meant to target. Federal government employees must sacrifice a little bit of their salaries just as the rest of us have sacrificed.

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 07/10/13 - 03:58 am
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Why cut theses guys pay by a

Why cut these guys pay by a few hundred dollars when we are sending BILLIONS overseas to people that hate us? Come on people, this is OUR money. When did raising taxes become so popular????

eschamb
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eschamb 07/10/13 - 05:23 am
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Crimes Committed on Furlough?

How are crimes being handled if a civil service member committs a crime while on furlough? You are not a federal employee during furlough hours, correct?

carcraft
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carcraft 07/10/13 - 06:07 am
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Well the sequestration sure

Well the sequestration sure didn't hurt Obama's $100 million dollar tripe to Africa, I guess if some one suffers it should be the guy at the gate and the guy trying to get to work!

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carcraft 07/10/13 - 06:11 am
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Several things to remember,

Several things to remember, sequestration was Obama's idea, Obama said it wouldn't happen during the debated, and Republicans offered targeted cuts like Barrow now suggests and Obama refused them. There was also the direction to the Agricultural Department to make the cuts hurt!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/10/13 - 07:59 am
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The sequestration, just like

The sequestration, just like Obamacare, are mythical. There is only a sequestration whey it can be used politically, but the reality is it just ain't happening-spending still outta control and govt isn't getting smaller. Obamacare is an actual law that the Executive branch is legally bound to execute, but Obama is now unconstitutionally ignoring his own law-for political reasons. But even though both will do nothing watch both of these last for decades.-for political reasons.

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Riverman1 07/10/13 - 09:14 am
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Cong. Barrow Talk to Fort Commander

This bill aside, Barrow should talk to the Ft. Gordon commander and get this gate closing, traffic fiasco, fixed. That's a role a Congressman should fulfill.

Frank I
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Frank I 07/10/13 - 10:30 am
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day late..

This is a day late, dollar short half-*** attempt so the Congressman can be a feel good hero coming to save the day here. Had the Congressman REALLY cared the necessary changes and compromises would have been made MONTHS ago.. just my $0.02

ColCo
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ColCo 07/10/13 - 10:42 am
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Election year stunt

This is window dressing for his upcoming campaign. Expect to see TV ads and mail pieces canonizing Barrow for his attempts to blunt the effects of sequestration, futile as they may be.

fatherinevans
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fatherinevans 07/10/13 - 11:08 am
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...point to ponder
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...point to ponder 07/10/13 - 08:19 pm
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Let the cuts happen...

Let there be NO exemptions from budget cuts that are already in the works.

This effort by the Congressman is not valid.

If slowed traffic is the only resultant then this is really not a big deal.

No national security measures are being jeopardized.

***in the end they'll find a way to make this short term glitch more palatable.

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mosovich 07/10/13 - 10:10 pm
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Funny comment..

about the Africa trip.. Actually Africa has one of the fastest developing economies and if you aren't over there trying to get "IN", then you will be out. So Obama wasn't totally over there to party it up, he was trying to put the US in a position to benefit business wise on their growth. Trust me, China is knocking on their door pretty hard. Should China get the African business, or the US?

And if traffic is the worst thing you people have to deal with, then consider yourself lucky! You could be unemployed, living with no power etc. Imagine if you only had power for four hours a day? In some countries that is just how it is.. Oh, and fresh veggies etc.. Never seen them..

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