(Washington Times) Republican lawmakers are pushing back on guidance from the White House saying that the federal government will reimburse defense companies' liability or litigation costs for not issuing legally mandated layoff warnings to employees this year as deep spending cuts loom, with the companies maintaining postelection they are comfortable with the advice and have no plans to issue the notices this year.
"They're intimidated by the White House," Sen. John McCain said Tuesday of the companies. "No more, no less."
The Arizona Republican and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham recently sent a letter to 15 of the country's largest defense contractors urging them to follow the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which says that companies with 100 or more employees must issue layoff notices 60 days in advance if the cuts are "reasonably foreseeable."
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