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Rep. Heck and JBLM commander taking calls this week on furloughs for DOD employees

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on July 8, 2013 at 12:35 pm with No Comments »
July 8, 2013 12:35 pm

Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s base commander and U.S. Rep. Denny Heck of Olympia are partnering Tuesday to answer questions about how mandatory furloughs of Defense Department civilian employees will impact military operations in the South Sound.

Heck and Col. Charles Hodges will be available to the public for dial-in teleconference at 7 p.m., Tuesday. The call-in number is (855)-246-7045, ext. 21849.

Heck and Hodges will speak to different questions. Heck, a Democrat, will talk about politics and national budget decisions that are compelling the Defense Department to furlough its civilian employees for 11 days between now and Sept. 30. He has opposed so-called sequestration, the forced federal budgets that are driving the Pentagon’s furloughs.

Hodges will answer questions about how Lewis-McChord will operate over the next three months while more than 10,000 of its employees miss one day of work each week.

They’re anticipating calls from furloughed workers, service members and representatives from businesses and outside agencies that work with the military.

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