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Senator Donnelly Announces More Than 90 Crane Army Jobs Spared From Federal Hiring Freeze
Updated February 7, 2017 6:56 AM
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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly announced Monday that more than 90 jobs at Crane Army Ammunition Activity (CAAA) will be exempted from President Trump's federal civilian hiring freeze.

This marks the Army's first round of exemptions for CAAA employees whose terms expired in January or February of 2017.

Donnelly recently sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis asking that the Secretary exercise his discretion under the president's executive order to exempt CAAA from the freeze. He also met with the acting-Secretary of the Army Robert Speer last week to discuss options for saving CAAA jobs.

"The Army's order to exempt Crane Army personnel from the hiring freeze confirms what we have always known - the men and women of Crane Army Ammunition Activity do vital work every day to support our troops and protect American security," Donnelly says. "After pushing for these exemptions, I am pleased that the Army has acted. I will continue fighting for Crane's Army and Navy workforce in the Senate."

Donnelly will continue pressing the Army leadership to exempt personnel with terms expiring in March and April, which are still under review by Army leadership.

Donnelly has been fighting for the exemptions since it was first announced that roughly 130 CAAA employees would be impacted by the 90-day hiring freeze.

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