Hagan demands DOD stop pay raises for Germans working on US bases

In a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck HagelChuck HagelThere's still time for another third-party option Hagel says NATO deployment could spark a new Cold War with Russia Overnight Defense: House panel unveils 5B defense spending bill MORE, Hagan argued that because U.S. defense workers are being furloughed as a result of sequestration, it’s wrong to give pay raises to others working along side them.

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“This is not the message we should be sending to the hardworking Americans who are supporting our military on bases across the United States and around the world,” Hagan wrote. “I urge the Department to suspend this action immediately so that the decision can be carefully reconsidered.”

Hagan said the DOD was giving more than 15,000 German workers a pay raise next year despite the fact that Americans working on these same bases will be furloughed, which is roughly a 20 percent pay cut. Hagan said the department didn’t have to issue the pay raise  — which will cost $16 million — but did so to avoid political pressure from the German government and the union employees. 

“The most disturbing issue is the justification behind these pay increases, which are not required by any law or statute,” the letter stated. “When hardworking U.S. DOD civilians are being furloughed and have not seen a pay increase in years, I believe the Department should be willing to stand up to this pressure from German workers.”

Hagan said 19,000 DOD civilian workers will be furloughed in her state alone.

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