Rep. Farenthold Introduces PACE Act To Protect America’s Federal Workforce

Last week, I introduced the Protecting America’s Civilian Employees (PACE) Act to keep America’s federal employees from facing furloughs due to sequestration cuts.

The PACE Act requires the Office of Management and Budget to submit a report to Congress indicating how to most efficiently transfer funds within agencies and departments for fiscal year 2013 to avoid all furloughs or reductions in America’s federal workforce.

Our federal workforce needs to be operating at 100%. They should not be punished because the President, Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats failed to do their jobs and replace the sequester.

My bill will require the Office of Management and Budget to submit a plan to Congress that implements the President’s cuts without harming our civilian employee’s ability to keep pace with their demands and provide for their families.

In the district I represent, the civilian employees of Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) and Naval Air Station Corpus Christi (NASCC) could be furloughed for up to 22 days. Our local airport towers in Corpus Christi and Victoria might also face extreme cuts.

Those reductions in force are unacceptable. CCAD saves taxpayers millions, NASCC is a primary training site for naval pilots, and our airport tower operators are essential for safe travel and NASCC’s training mission.

The bottom line is the government does not spend money wisely. We should be able to achieve the needed savings and keep our dedicated federal workforce going strong, without devastating furloughs, and that’s what my bill intends to do.



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