Washington, D.C. – Today, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA), made the following statement about the impact President Trump’s hiring freeze is having on child care services for U.S. military servicemembers worldwide:

“President Trump should be embarrassed about the way his actions are impacting our men and women in uniform. The same week that he vowed ‘to ensure the sacrifices of our military are supported by the actions of our government,’ he signed an order that is now cutting child care for U.S. servicemembers who are defending our country abroad. That hiring freeze has hurt military readiness and it is now hurting military families by depriving them of the support they need to do their jobs. This has to stop.”

Attached is a notice sent out to servicemembers at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden declaring the closure of child care services on base due to the federal hiring freeze, and here is a link to Ranking Member Smith’s previous statement about its impact on military readiness.