White House to contractors: Hold off on layoff warnings
September 28th, 2012
07:23 PM ET
2 years ago

White House to contractors: Hold off on layoff warnings

New York (CNNMoney) - The White House on Friday told government contractors worried about fiscal cliff spending cuts to hold off on warning employees about possible layoffs.

The government said it would cover legal costs if contractors are forced to slash their payrolls because of the looming $109 billion in automatic cuts next year and are alleged to have violated the WARN Act.

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  1. Borderless

    The White House directly benefits in this campaign season from having government contractors hold off on layoff warnings with an offer to cover their fines, at our expense. That amounts to taxing us in order to assist Obama's campaign. Doesn't this worry anyone?!?!? Don't forget, Obama is the one that said, "After this election, I will have a lot more flexibility." If he is this unscrupulous, this corrupt now, what will he be like after this election?

    September 28, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  2. lisasc

    What a bunch of garbage. This administration needs to tell the American people the truth.

    September 28, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  3. Pete

    Just quit jumping the gun,the government says be patient,they mean it...It'll turn around right after the election ,everyone's on pins and needles that's all,it just takes time.Everything good just doesn't happen overnight,again be positive,you gave Bush 8 years to screw us up,so at least give this president the time to fix your republicans catastrophes,they always are pretty bad aren't they ,you should be proud,when you screw up you do it first class!!

    September 28, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  4. Larry L

    When Republicans in the House sold their souls to the Tea Party the stage was set for disaster. Anybody with a brain knew the debt ceiling had to be raised. We'd go down the toilet if that happened. They held America for ransom – resulting in the lowering of our S&P rating. They are responsible for the "fiscal cliff".

    September 28, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  5. Trek04

    Using your tax dollars to avoid the embarrassment of bad news. Way to go Obama.

    September 28, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  6. Trek04

    So the Obama administration threatens legal action against these contractors for violating the WARN Act and offers money to them to convince the contractors to delay issuing lay off notices to employees before the election, using your tax dollars? We are living in a banana republic.

    September 28, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    What's wrong with this picture?????

    September 28, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  8. enuff

    I'll say it again. the responsibility of any fiscal cliff falls squarely on congress. They are responsible for the budget. Fire them for not doing the jobs they were hired to do but failed to deliver.

    September 29, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Scott

    This is crazy! The President is basically bribing defense contractors and propping up his campaign by preventing bad economic news from impacting him. This is very similar to his push to delay the DHS/CBP Integrated Fixed Tower program for award after the election to not upset the Latino community. Doesn't seem to end the corruption that occurs in Washington DC these days. Congress is corrupt and the President is corrupt. They are all greedy and should all be fired!!!

    September 29, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. GI Joe

    Get the baggers and birthers out of the House - put in reasonable, responsible people who truly care for the people of the U.S.A.

    Vote straight DEM

    September 29, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Larry L

    @Scott

    This is crazy! The President is basically bribing defense contractors
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    Romney is proposing a defense budget much larger than the budget requested by the Pentagon. Why would he do such a thing unless he had promises to keep to contractors? Can you say "Halliburton"?

    September 29, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |