WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today praised lawmakers for voting to retain the longstanding ban on outsourcing Department of Defense jobs under a process known as A-76.
Rep. Scott Rigell of Virginia offered an amendment to the fiscal 2014 National Defense Authorization Act that would have lifted the moratorium on the A-76 privatization process. The amendment failed yesterday evening by a vote of 178 to 248, with 55 Republicans joining 193 Democrats in voting to keep the outsourcing ban in place.
“This amendment would have opened up the outsourcing floodgate at DoD, costing even more civilian jobs that have been subjected to arbitrary cuts for years,” Cox said.
Cox also applauded AFGE’s grassroots lobbying effort, which he said was vital to securing the necessary votes to defeat the Rigell amendment.
“This is a tremendous bipartisan victory, and we owe it all to our dedicated AFGE activists,” he said.
Bipartisan opposition to the amendment was led by Reps. Colleen Hanabusa of Hawaii, Rob Bishop of Utah, Walter Jones of North Carolina, Matthew Cartwright of Pennsylvania and Chris Stewart of Utah.