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Sen. Murray Statement on JBLM Cuts

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(Washington, D.C.) - Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement after the Department of Defense announced 1,250 positions would be eliminated at Joint Base Lewis-McChord due to military downsizing.

"A strong and growing Joint Base Lewis-McChord is critical to our communities and essential to our national security--so I am incredibly disappointed by this decision that will affect so many members of the JBLM community and deliver a hit to the local economy. While we all know the cuts could have been deeper, I believe any reductions at JBLM are misguided, especially with the natural strategic advantages of the Puget Sound.

"The men and women of our military community deserve resources and support, so I will be working with our local, state, and federal partners to do whatever we can to mitigate the damage from this decision and protect local families and communities. This includes helping service members get the skills, workforce training, and transition support they need to move into good, high-paying jobs.

"Our troops made a commitment to our country, and I believe we must uphold our commitment to them. In the coming weeks and months, it will be critical that we do everything possible to make sure the South Sound comes through this period of deeply damaging cuts in as strong a position as possible. Because of this community's resiliency, commitment to our state and country, and proud tradition of supporting JBLM, I believe we can make that happen."

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