On October 4, 2013 Rep. Michael Turner of Ohio asked for and was granted permission to address the United States House of Representatives for one minute regarding the furlough of civilian workers at Wright- Patterson Air Force Base.
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is one of the U.S. Air Force’s largest and most strategically important military installations.
It is one of the bases and facilities within the United States with “active nuclear weapons, weapons-related and/or naval nuclear propulsion missions and responsibilities.”
“Mr. Speaker, as you and I have discussed, Tuesday morning, 8,700 employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base were unnecessarily furloughed. I have voted every single time to fully fund the government, and I have opposed this shutdown. This shutdown is just as harmful to our military readiness as sequestration is, which I also opposed because it undermines our national security.”
“Mr. Speaker, as you know, the Pay Our Military Act was passed by this Congress and signed by the President to ensure our Nation’s uniformed servicemembers and the civilian employees that support them would be paid in the event of a shutdown. The administration has chosen to ignore this law and force our civilian employees to sit at home and go without pay. I have written to Secretary Hagel and President Obama demanding clarification as to why they have chosen not to follow the law and have furloughed these hardworking people. The Armed Services Committee is holding a hearing to get to the bottom of this clear defiance of the law by the administration”, he said.
“It is past time that we get all men and women back to work and those who work to support our military”, said Rep. Turner (source: Congressional Record http://thomas.loc.gov).