Markey urges DoD to put civilian personnel, contractors back to work

U.S. Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) today sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel urging the Department of Defense to use its authority under the Pay our Military Act, signed by President Obama earlier this week, to provide pay for the thousands of civilian personnel and DoD contractors who provide support to the armed forces.

Sen. Markey’s letter notes that in Massachusetts alone, there are over 7,000 civilian personnel, not to mention thousands of contractors, who will be impacted by the shutdown.  The Senator highlights the important role our region plays in protecting the nation and raises concerns that national security could be impacted by the shutdown and resulting furloughs.

Click here to read Sen. Markey’s letter.

Also today, a bipartisan group of 50 Senators–including New Engalnd Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME), Angus King (I-ME), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)–signed on to a separate letter to Secretary Hagel expressing their concerns about the implementation of the Pay our Military Act. In particular, the Senators indicate that they have heard from constituents that decisions about ensuring pay for Guard and Reserve personnel, as well as civilians, are not being made in a consistent manner. Click here to read the letter.

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