“We wholeheartedly believe that it is in no one’s best interest to create unnecessary anxiety in your workforce, and it is our hope that Congress and the Administration act as soon as possible to avoid the severe consequences of the sequester,” the letter said. “However, we are three months from the date sequestration is scheduled to take effect, and neither the Senate nor the Administration have put forward a plan to address the issue.
“Further, the Congress is not even scheduled to come back into session until the week of November 13,” the letter continued. “This leaves precious little time for a plan to come together. Despite efforts by the Administration to ignore the facts, sequestration and the WARN Act are the law of the land.”
The letter was sent to: Lockheed Martin Corporation, Raytheon Company, L-3 Communications Holdings Inc., Northrop Grumman Corp., Huntington Ingalls Industries, the Boeing Company, General Dynamics Corp., Honeywell International Inc., CSC, SAIC, BAE Systems Inc., ATK, ITT Exelis, EADS North America Inc. and United Technologies Corporation.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.