For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Sue Walitsky 202-224-4524
August 12, 2013
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CARDIN TO HOLD TOWN HALL WITH CIVILIAN DOD EMPLOYEES AT FORT
MEADE WHO HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY SEQUESTRATION FURLOUGHS
, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin will visit Fort Meadeto hold an informal town hall with civilian DOD employees to discuss sequestration and the federal budget. He will meet with a representative group of the more than 27,000 DOD civilian employees at Fort Meade, a majority of who have been facing furloughs brought on by sequestration cuts. In July, DOD began furloughs for 652,000 civilian employees nationwide – 46,000 in Maryland alone. Fort Meade, the nation’s hub for information, intelligence and cybersecurity is Maryland’s largest employer and the cut in pay has had ripple effects throughout the region.
“Sequestration is hurting real people and real families. It’s harming our national security readiness and local economies. It is irresponsible to let political dysfunction get in the way of ensuring for our national security and public health,” said Senator Cardin. “We must restart negotiations on a comprehensive plan to replace all of sequestration and restore normal, regular – and in many circumstance – absolutely essential functions of our government.”
WHAT: Senator Cardin Sequestration Town Hall
with DOD Civilians at Fort Meade
Media covering the event must arrive no later than
WHERE: Fort Meade, MD 20755
After clearing the security check point, proceed to the Visitors’ Center where staff will escort media to the event in Building T218
NOTE: Media outlets wishing to cover this event should RSVP to Mary L. Doyle, Chief, Media Relations/Fort George G. Meade 301-677-5592 firstname.lastname@example.org by . Accredited media must be escorted to the event by public affairs staff. Press credentials are required.