- By GovExec Staff March 8, 2017
Military bases continue to feel the effects of President Trump’s hiring freeze. Commissaries are starting to experience longer lines, the Military Times reports, and military exchange services are feeling an impact, too, with reduced hours at some facilities.
Lawmakers are attempting to mitigate the effects of the freeze by advocating more exemptions and ensuring that agencies are taking advantage of existing carve-outs. Reps. Jason Chaffetz, Utah, and Mark Meadows, N.C., have asked acting Army Secretary Robert Spicer to take steps to ensure all child care positions at military bases are approved for exemptions promptly. Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., introduced a measure to exempt from the moratorium any veteran applying for a civilian job. Lynch pushed his bill again in a March 8 letter to Trump signed by 23 House Democrats.
“Congress and the federal government must work together to improve the quality of care and employment opportunities for the men and women who dutifully served our country,” Lynch said in a statement Wednesday. “A hiring freeze does the opposite by closing the doors of the federal government, our nation’s largest single employer of veterans, to our returning service members.”