House Panel Opposes Privatizing Military Jobs

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

A House subcommittee has voted to block Pentagon plans to potentially privatize thousands of civilian jobs at military installations, including West Point military academy.

New York Rep. Maurice Hinchey authored the provision and says the move could keep about 6,000 federal jobs nationwide from going private.

The move at West Point is one of several under way to privatize jobs to save money. A recent federal law prohibits any new such studies but doesn't stop those already begun. The provision passed by the House defense appropriations subcommittee is part of a larger spending bill and still needs House and Senate approval.

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