Virginia senator threatens to freeze Pentagon jobs

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Posted: Oct 26, 2010 12:53 PM
Virginia senator threatens to freeze Pentagon jobs

A Virginia senator is threatening to freeze high-level Pentagon promotions and hiring in a dispute over plans to close a military command in his state.

Sen. Jim Webb, a Democrat, says he can't get answers about the planned closing despite weeks of asking.

Webb wrote to Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday, saying he would impose a Senate "hold," or freeze, on new nominations until he gets the information. The Senate must approve top civilian and military promotions.

Webb opposes plans to close the Joint Forces Command, based around Norfolk. The Pentagon has ordered the closure as part of a cost-cutting plan.

Pentagon spokesman Capt. Darryn James says the Defense Department will work with Webb to ensure nominations stay on track.