Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sen. Graham: Obama move on defense layoff notices 'patently illegal'

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says that he will do anything he can to block the Obama administration from reimbursing defense contractors for severance costs if the firms don’t send layoff notices to employees.
The Obama administration issued guidance Friday that said defense firms’ costs would be covered if they have to layoff workers due to canceled contracts under the across-the-board cuts set to take effect Jan. 2.

The layoff notices have become a politically charged issue because they could have come just four days ahead of the election because of a 60-day notice required by federal law for mass layoffs.Graham and other Republicans were livid after the Obama administration issued the guidance on Friday telling contractors that their legal costs would be covered due to canceled contracts under sequestration, but only if they did not issue layoff notices before sequestration occurs — and before the November election.
“I will do everything in my power to make sure not one taxpayer dollar is spent reimbursing companies for failure to comply with WARN Act,” Graham told The Hill in a phone interview Monday. “That is so beyond the pale — I think it’s patently illegal.”

Lockheed Martin is laying off 123,000 workers just weeks before Christmas.
The President is trying to hold off any announcement until after the election.  This will make a significant increase to the questionable 7.8 % Unemployment number.       
Lockheed is going to lay off 123,000 defense workers due to Obama's downsizing  of the military.       
The law requires Lockheed to give 60-day notice to all   to-be-fired  employees within 60 days. That drop dead date would be November   1st.  Since this would be devastating for his reelection, Obama has   promised  that our government would cover all Lockheed severance packages to fired employees if Lockheed would not release the names and locations of   those  losing their jobs until after the election! Do you have any idea how many millions that will cost the taxpayer?  Thank  you Obama!!

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