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Tim Sheridan Criticizes Calvert's Bill to Cut Department of Defense Workforce

The bill, by forcing the Department of Defense to hire private contractors, will cost the government more money and, ultimately, add to the nation’s debt.

Tim Sheridan, the California Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate for the 42nd Congressional District, criticized his opponent, 20-year incumbent Ken Calvert, for introducing legislation (H.R. 5247) that would cut 15% of the Department of Defense’s civilian workforce. 

 

 “On the surface, cutting jobs may seem to be a cost-saver,” said Sheridan, “but, as Mr. Calvert knows, the work that needs to be done is not going away. As a result, the Department of Defense will be forced to hire more expensive private contractors to do the work. In addition to losing experienced and efficient DOD workers, hiring private contractors will cost the government more money and, ultimately, add to the nation’s debt,” added Sheridan. According to the Government Accountability Office, the Department of Defense was able to reduce its spending on contractor employees by almost $1 billion in fiscal year 2010 by relying on its own civilian workforce .

 

 

“Equally important,” Sheridan noted, “Mr. Calvert’s bill is inconsistent with recent comments he made about scaling back investments in the military.” Earlier this month, according to Project Vote Smart and the American Daily Herald, Calvert said “it is simply irresponsible to drastically scale back our investments that maintain our military power, especially since the DOD has already significantly reduced its budget.” “Mr. Calvert can’t have it both ways,” Sheridan added.

 

The cutback means that 120,000 civilian employees will lose their jobs. This could affect the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division, an important employer in the 42nd District.

 

The 42nd Congressional District, a geographical area shaped like the letter “X,” runs along the I-15 corridor roughly from Corona southeast to Temecula, and northeast along the I-215 and CA-79 corridors to Beaumont. It also includes the communities of Eastvale, Norco, Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, Murrieta, Menifee, Sun City, Winchester, Homeland and Nuevo.

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N1smo2go March 20, 2014 at 03:35 PM
The Department of Defense uses private contractors all the time to assist with many of the burgeonoing programs the DOD has. Especially in the services, where a lack of training is a big representation there. There are not enough soldiers, airman, sailors and Marines to not only train and fight the battles but also maintain the systems, aircraft, machinery, etc. I worked for 10 years as a contractor after leaving the aviation side of Marine Corps. Private contractors are very necessary when there is not enough recruitment or qualified people getting in those fields. Kids are scared of joining because they first think they are going to war, so we wind up working 12 on 12 off 7 days a week because they can't get through school quick enough and put on the line to make a differene without hurting themselve or someone else. The few contractors that stick around are mostly prior military with the experience working on the systems that they maintained when they were in uniform. It would be smart to use them and continue doing so to keep things running if and when there is substantial ability by the services to safely maintain and support their own systems. I have seen what happens when something breaks and u have to get a contractor flown out to a carrier to fix the problem because it has escalated beyond the three levels of repair on the ship and contractors ride the carriers full time to support them. Government employees inside the DOD in my experience are not the one's getting dirty in the fields, ships, warehouses etc. It's the contractors. There should be more of them on hand, than some paper pushing GS sitting behind a desk.
Alek J Hidell March 20, 2014 at 03:47 PM
as Mr. Calvert knows, the work that needs to be done is not going away"....oh, you mean the work of outfitting our military for overseas imperialism? I disagree. It's going to go bye-bye when we stop paying for these overseas adventures seeking wars-for-profit. Not one cent defend any country but our own. South Korea and Japan have been getting a free ride for far too long--they are on their own now. Because We the People are going to boycott our taxes and I don't see many orders for drones and missile guidance systems coming in after that......our national guard and a few Jarheads transferred from Camp Surfside to the Mexican border is sufficient----- by dumping military support for Israel we are going to lose about a billion Muslim enemies....
Brent Graham March 21, 2014 at 01:59 AM
It is obvious that this candidate Tim Sheridan is looking out for the interests of the people way more than the do nothing, ethically challenged Congressman we have now.
Alek J Hidell March 21, 2014 at 02:35 AM
LOL I thought you said ethnically challenged...

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