Pentagon Ripped For Letting Janitorial Firm Replace Clergy At Walter Reed

  • A letter Friday from Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ-04) to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin condemned the Biden administration’s decision to end the contract for provision of pastoral care by a community of Franciscan clergy to service members and veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
  • According to the letter, as of March 31, the Biden administration contracted with for-profit Mack Global LLC, a defense contractor, self-described as “your one-stop procurement for janitorial supplies, industrial machinery, aggregates and raw materials.”

    “This highlights questionable judgment by officers awarding a Catholic pastoral care contract to a for-profit company best suited to provide industrial services instead of a Catholic religious institution with a strong record of providing pastoral services,” Smith wrote.

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