Washington, DC - Congressman Sam Farr (D-Carmel) released the following statement today after Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced the Pentagon was going to reduce the number of furloughed days for civilian employees from the original 22 days down to 11 days:

“Any reduction in the number of furlough days will hopefully provide some relief to Central Coast residents who are employed by the Department of Defense.  

“Nonetheless, any furlough days are too many for local families trying to meet the demands of their household budgets. It is exactly this type of self-inflicted wounds that continues to be a drag on our economy. My colleagues in Washington simply need to understand that their inability to address sequestration has left workers hurting all across the country.

“I opposed sequestration for this very reason, poorly planned across the board cuts are no way to operate the federal government. It is time for the leaders in Congress to bring forward a long-term budget deal that once again provides certainty for our nation’s families.”

To read the Department of Transportation’s release, please visit http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=120037