Read 'Dear Colleague' letters

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers is asking fellow members to resist the urge to cut the Defense Department’s (DOD) civilian workforce at a time of severe budget restraints.

In a pair of “Dear Colleague” letters delivered last week, the group charges that some lawmakers are using the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration as a “pretext to slash the number of a civilian employees, portraying them as overpaid, Washington, D.C., paper-pushers who contribute little to national security” that must be scaled back to pay for weapons modernization and troop readiness.

"Dear Colleague" letter

"Dear Colleague" letter

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