The continuing resolution at the start of FY 2013 left Blue Grass Army Depot (BGAD) with a significant budget shortfall for the first six months of the fiscal year.
Senator McConnell was instrumental in the December 2012 DOD effort to reprogram $36 million toward Blue Grass Chemical Activity (BGCA). He urged DOD to process this request expeditiously and worked with House Appropriations Chairman Rogers and the Senate Appropriations Committee to push the reprogramming through the committee approval process in the House and Senate, thus ensuring the funds were flowing in efficient time to avoid layoffs.
Number of Jobs Protected:
This funding prevented 500 layoffs that would have taken place in January and March 2013.
In December 2012, Craig Williams wrote an op-ed in the Richmond Register regarding the reprogramming process. In it, he stated, “spearheading the behind-the-scenes effort at the congressional level once again was U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who has championed disposal efforts for over two decades. McConnell helped push the Defense Department to process the request internally and then, working closely with House Appropriations Committee Chair Hal Rogers, shepherded the reprogramming paperwork through the complicated committee approval process in both houses of Congress.”