CROWNSVILLE, MD – Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) attended the Maryland Military Installation Council meeting and discussed the need to replace sequestration with a balanced deficit reduction alternative. At the meeting, attendees also discussed workforce development in our state and business participation in military construction.
“Our military has been focused on carrying out its mission and protecting our homeland, but now it is facing a new threat in the form of the irrational budget sequester,” stated Congressman Hoyer. “The sequester’s cuts are also putting at risk local jobs outside the gates of our military installations. Those who support the work of our men and women in uniform by serving in civilian defense roles and as contractors shouldn’t have to contend with deep cuts and furloughs. That’s why I’ve been calling for bipartisan compromise to end the sequester through a big and balanced approach to deficit reduction.”
“At the meeting, we also discussed the opportunities that are expected with a significant amount of military construction slated to come to our state,” continued Congressman Hoyer. “I will be working with Senator Mikulski and the rest of the Maryland Congressional Delegation to ensure that Maryland businesses and our workforce are prepared for potential business growth and job opportunities from military construction contracts in our state.”
The President’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposal included over $1 billion in military construction funding for the state of Maryland. The Maryland Congressional Delegation is focused on appropriating a significant portion of military construction funding for Maryland and will be working closely with the O’Malley-Brown Administration to ensure that Maryland businesses are aware of opportunities to bid for contracts on military construction work.