SENATOR JOHN McCAIN VOWS TO BLOCK PRESIDENT OBAMA FROM USING TAXPAYER MONEY TO PAY THE LEGAL BILLS FOR BIG DEFENSE CONTRACTORS WHO VIOLATE THE “WARN” ACT

My FNC colleague John Brandt emailed me this:

Release and DoD notification come out tomorrow, but we have it now…

 

“Companies have a choice whether to rely on OMB’s politically-motivated guidance or to comply with the law. But I can assure them that I will do everything in my power to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to compensate contractors who do not comply with the law.” [Senator John McCain]

 

 

“I am requesting that the Secretary of Defense notify Congress of all costs associated with un-WARNed sequester-related layoffs at least 30 days in advance of reimbursing contractors for those costs. Furthermore, I have advised the Secretary that I intend to deny any transfer of funds among defense accounts to pay for these costs, including transfers that currently fall below the threshold of Congressional notifications.” [Senator John McCain]

 

 

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain today released the following statement, commenting further on the White House guidance issued on September 28, 2012 to government contractors that they should not provide at least 60 days’ notice of employee layoffs as required by the WARN Act and asserting that businesses will not be liable for any costs associated with any layoffs caused by across-the-board budget sequestration cuts, set to take effect January 2, 2013:

 

“The WARN Act is the law of the land today, and its provisions mandate that companies must notify employees who may lose their jobs due to sequestration. But President Obama is telling defense contractors to ignore the law so that those layoff notices will not be delivered before the November elections. To incentivize contractors to comply, the White House promises to use taxpayer dollars to pay all costs incurred by un-WARNed layoffs, such as employee salaries and legal fees, if layoffs occur after sequestration takes effect in January.

 

“Companies have a choice whether to rely on OMB’s politically-motivated guidance or to comply with the law. But I can assure them that I will do everything in my power to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to compensate contractors who do not comply with the law.

 

“Today, I am requesting that the Secretary of Defense notify Congress of all costs associated with un-WARNed sequester-related layoffs at least 30 days in advance of reimbursing contractors for those costs. Furthermore, I have advised the Secretary that I intend to deny any transfer of funds among defense accounts to pay for these costs, including transfers that currently fall below the threshold of Congressional notifications.

 

“I remain committed to working to avert the catastrophic impacts of sequestration on our national security and our industrial base. But in the event sequestration does occur and as many as one million jobs are lost as a result, I cannot support the Administration’s plan to use billions of taxpayer dollars to give defense contractors a free pass through the election. In the current fiscal crisis of trillion-dollar annual deficits and crushing national debt, I cannot condone this Administration’s wasteful use of taxpayer funds to buy off contractors for political gain.”

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John Brandt

Capitol Hill Producer, Fox News Channel

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