Sen. Shaheen requests aid for federal workers in letter to Hagel

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) recently wrote a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel requesting that he mitigate the effects of sequestration on federal workers.

"As we continue to seek a long-term deficit deal to replace sequestration, I respectfully urge you to make every effort to mitigate the impact that such indiscriminate reductions in spending could have on members of our federal workforce, including those employed at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard," Shaheen said in her letter to Hagel. "I recognize the difficulties associated with implementing these ill-advised cuts and the tough decisions that will have to be made in the weeks ahead. However, I also believe that maximizing available flexibility during the implementation process will make available more resources for state and local leaders to lessen the effects on federal employees and their families."

Shaheen called for a compromise to establish a long-term deficit plan during a recent visit to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. She also voted for a Senate Budget Resolution last week that would replace sequestration and manage the country's debt.

"Sequestration is not a solution to our nation's fiscal crisis," Shaheen said. "Automatic cuts are the least responsible way to address our debt. The best way to avoid sequestration is a thoughtful, long-term deficit reduction plan. This will require reforms to all areas of spending, including domestic, mandatory, and defense, as well as revenues through comprehensive tax reform."