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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel meets with furloughed workers at NAS Jax

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Updated: 7/16/2013 12:36 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is spending the day at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. While he is on base, he will tour several manufacturing hangars then meet with civilian employees on base being furloughed due to budget cuts.

The furloughs started this week at NAS Jax. All of the base's 2,700 civilian workers are being forced to take one day a week off without pay through the end of September. Many workers are frustrated that equates to a 20-percent reduction in pay.

During Hagel's visit he will sit in on a town hall discussion with 100 civilian furloughed workers, a dozen dozen sailors and a few local members of congress.

Action News has learned from NAS Jax officials not all furloughed civilians will get the opportunity to sit in on the town hall because of space. The largest air conditioned space was secured, but it only accommodates a little over 100 people.
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hellojax - 7/16/2013 3:27 PM
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I wholeheartedly agree! It SHOULD be congress that takes the furlough and the pay cut!

Realchange - 7/16/2013 2:23 PM
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Ask him why disabled desert storm veterans who served off the coast of Israel are sick and cannot seat jury trials for their cases. Same with those in Turkey and USA who never deployed. The VA cheats them then he insist the government takes care of troops it disables that is lie. If anyone should be taking furloughs it should be Congress and their aides.

hellojax - 7/16/2013 1:50 PM
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WHY haven't we heard more about the furlough in the news????? I am here until 3:30 if he wants MY views on being furloughed and the cut in pay my family has been forced to take. DISGUSTING after almost 15 years of government service!
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