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July 8, 2013 at 12:17pm

Rep. Derek Kilmer doesn't like furloughs either

Today we learned the Air Force brass does not like furloughs. We also learned Rep. Denny Heck wants to coach you through them over the phone. And a few minutes ago we learned Rep. Derek Kilmer is ticked off over furloughs too.

Kilmer released the following statement aimed at the thousands of civilian employees of the Department of Defense across the region, including workers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

"Every day that Congress doesn't work on a balanced, long-term budget plan to stop the across-the-board cuts is another day that folks around the country - like the thousands of folks in our region who begin unpaid furloughs this week - have to cover for Congress' dysfunction.  These men and women and their communities shouldn't have to pay because Congress won't work together.  I'll continue to work with both parties to pass a budget and end the reckless policy of sequestration once and for all."

From day one, Representative Kilmer has called on Congress to stop the across-the-board cuts and replace them with a balanced, long-term solution to our economic problems including speaking twice about this issue on the floor of the House of Representatives.

July 8, 2013 at 11:52am

Rep. Heck and Col. Hodges to talk JBLM furloughs over phone

As you know by our earlier blog post, and the fact that you can't get into the commissary today, JBLM civil service furloughs and other sequestration awfulness have hit Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Need to release some furlough fumes?

At 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 9 Congressman Denny Heck will host a telephone town hall on JBLM furloughs and sequestration. He will be joined by JBLM commander Col. H. Charles Hodges, Jr.

Civilian workers, servicemembers, and other interested members of the public are invited to call-in and ask questions about the upcoming civilian furloughs at Joint Base Lewis-McChord or about other ways the federal sequestration budget cuts are affecting JBLM. This call aims to be a "one stop shop" for anyone with questions regarding how these furloughs and sequestration will impact JBLM and its civil service workforce. Congressman Heck will answer questions about why the furloughs and federal sequestration budgets cuts are taking place. Colonel Hodges will answer questions about how JBLM is being impacted.

To raise Heck tomorrow at 7 p.m., call 855.246.7045, ext. 21849. The call will be toll-free.

July 8, 2013 at 9:42am

Furloughs: It begins today at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Over the last four months, the Department of Defense has waited anxiously to see if Congress and the president could agree on a plan to reduce the federal deficit and therefore avoid furloughing government civilian employees. Unfortunately, that decision was never reached and, as a result, the DoD is being forced to cut $46 billion over the remainder of this fiscal year, which ends Oct. 1.  

Starting July 8, and continuing for the next 10 weeks through Sept. 30, services and offices at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Madigan Army Medical Center will be subject to mandatory closures and reductions in staff; the furloughs will affect approximately 10,000 employees across the base.

The following is a list changes to expect:

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