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County Executive Laura Neuman’s letter to the Maryland Congressional Delegation

Publish Date: 08/07/2013

August 6, 2013

 

County Executive Laura Neuman’s letter to the Maryland Congressional Delegation regarding the impact of sequestration on Anne Arundel County residents employed by the National Security Agency.
 

Senator Barbara A. Mikulski
503 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Benjamin L. Cardin
509 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC  20510

Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, III
2416 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC  20515

Congressman John P. Sarbanes
2444 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards
2445 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer
1705 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

 

 

Dear Maryland Congressional Delegation:

 

The 11-day furlough underway at the National Security Agency (NSA) from July 8 through September 21, 2013 is just beginning to take effect.  It is my hope and request that Congress is taking action now to remedy its inevitable ill effects.  Maryland residents, forced to absorb the financial penalty of an 11-day furlough, need protection from further reductions in pay.  Maryland state and local governments likewise need guidance from you as to the direct and indirect impacts on our communities, as well as Congress’s intent to mitigate those impacts.  Anne Arundel County has a substantial interest in protecting the vitality of its workforce.

 

Civilian employees of NSA are being financially burdened and facing an insecure future, with little regard being shown for their dedication and service to our nation’s safety and security.  I have no doubt that you, just as I am, are hearing the personal stories of workers who cannot easily absorb the loss of 11 days of pay, who find themselves under great stress for fear they will be unable to care for family members with special medical needs, and who feel unappreciated after decades-long careers in public service.  For many of the 3,800 dedicated NSA professionals who are dealing with the financial penalty of furlough days, the budgetary actions/inactions of the U.S. Congress are life-altering.  For others, the impact may be less financially devastating, but nonetheless damaging.  Many of these individuals are residents of Anne Arundel County and they warrant a response from their Government.  I have attached one such e-mail for your review.

 

I am anxious to more fully understand how Congress intends to avert the budget sequestration moving forward.  Until then, I have no adequate response for the residents of Anne Arundel County who are hurting.  We look to you for leadership in reaching a budgetary compromise. 


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