Sen. Lindsey Graham had a short response to the White House’s promise that it would cover the costs of defense contractor layoffs if they happened under sequestration: No way.
Graham, a South Carolina Republican who’s a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said defense vendors who have changed their tune on issuing layoff warnings this month may think they have a guarantee from the White House Office of Management and Budget, but they do not have one from Congress.
“The companies are bending to political pressure, and every member of Congress should be very upset with any administration failing to obey the law,” Graham said. “They fail to issue these notices at their own peril. I hope they get sued. There will be absolutely no way Congress will reimburse any contractor one penny if they find themselves in litigation. By not issuing the notices, they’re on their own.”