Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) made the following comments in reaction to the Obama Administration's instructions for Pantex to temporarily shut down operations:
"Pantex has been instructed by the Obama Administration to begin preparing for a temporary shutdown of plant operations. The specifics are still being determined, but plant security will obviously remain in place to ensure nuclear materials remain secure.
There is no reason whatsoever to instruct people who are essential to the security of our country, like workers at Pantex, not to show up to work. On Wednesday, the House is expected to vote on a targeted funding bill for Pantex and the rest of the nuclear weapons complex. It is one of nine separate spending bills -- including measures to pay troops, the National Guard, and Reserves and to fund veterans benefits -- the House has passed. The Senate should take up the Pantex bill and the other targeted funding bills, and the President should sign them."
*****EDITOR'S NOTE: The vote is expected Friday; however, the House schedule can change as the funding situation evolves.