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Ohio congressman says any furloughs cut too deep
U.S. Rep. Mike Turner says the Department of Defense is taking too much of the brunt of the sequester

Ohio Us. Rep. Mike Turner says while shorter furloughs are good, there should be no furloughs.
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On Tuesday, the Department of Defense announced that furloughs for civilian workers will be decreased from 11 days to six. That is some good news for about 10,000 civilian workers at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, but one Ohio congressman says it’s still not enough.

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Congressman Mike Turner of Ohio’s 10th District is chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces. This week, he met with civilian Defense Department employees from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base who have been impacted by furloughs.

According to Turner, the workers told stories of high weeds on the base, closed bathrooms and other workplace maintenance lapses. They also talked about how shorter work weeks have created financial hardships.

“We really have gotten to the point where is clear that sequestration, which I opposed, is having drastic affects on both our military readiness and also the morale of our employees who work for the Department of Defense,” Turner says.

Turner says the announcement of fewer furlough days is a step in the right direction, but the department needs to go further.

“There should be no furloughs at all," Tuner says. "The effect that it’s having on our ability to protect the country, the fact that 50 percent of the overall cuts proposed by the president in sequestration fall on the DOD, which is less than 18 percent of our overall budget, these are certainly the type of cuts that put our nation at risk.”

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