Pentagon: Furloughs for civilian workers if sequester happens
February 20th, 2013
10:36 AM ET
2 years ago

Pentagon: Furloughs for civilian workers if sequester happens

(CNN) – Nearly 800,000 civilian workers would be forced to take one day of leave per week without pay if automatic spending cuts go into effect as scheduled on March 1, the Defense Department told Congress on Wednesday morning.

The furloughs would start in the last week of April and last for 22 weeks, according to the Pentagon plan.

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  1. Larry L

    It's a sad state of affairs when Republicans choose to take honest wages from Civil Service families so the uber-rich won't have to pay a fair share of taxes. Republicans want to leave loopholes so their rich sugar daddies aren't forced to buy a slightly smaller yacht. In 2014 all of the civil service force will be looking for their heads!

    February 20, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    It looks like the parochial barbarians are going to get their wish: the end of government and the rise of anarchy.

    February 20, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. empresstrudy

    Now would be a bad time for Apollo-Obama to get all jaunty and fly around the world visiting places that at best don't like him. When the DoD shuts down for an extended vacation, other countries tend to exploit that.

    February 20, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    Looks like the flag waving sunshine patriots in the Republican/Tea Party are abandoning their supporters in the military industrial complex.

    February 20, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. RLS

    So, I work for a large "uber-rich" company, and we were forced to take 1 day a week without pay when we went into a business downturn. I suppose 'civil servants' will need to deal with it just as I did. The government did not come to bail out our company, nor should they. And we fixed the problem by decreasing spending and increasing productivity (not raising prices or ignoring the problem). This is not caused by Democratic or Republican. This is a problem of spending too much (no matter by whom) plus a lack of across the board productivity. If productivity were higher, then yes, we could raise more taxes, but it's just not. Failing that, it's time to look austerity in the eye. Anyone with a $16 Trillion debt should be able to get that point, and support anyone who is trying to fix the spending issue and increase productivity, period.

    February 20, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. Guest

    Larry, get your story straight, go back and look at what Obamas previous position has been. We know it changes as the wind blows but one day the leader will have to lead, he's not very good at that. I hear is up for an oscar as best non-supporting actor....

    February 20, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "Looks like the flag waving sunshine patriots in the Republican/Tea Party are abandoning their supporters in the military industrial complex."

    Have no fear...they are gearing up to make a proposal that would "save all those jobs that would be lost if the defense cuts go through." And here it is: kill several hundred thousand non-military federal jobs. Doublethink.

    February 20, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. Guest

    At this point you've moved well beyond sniffing it and are likely eating it by the mouth full, eww...have some pride man/woman.

    February 20, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Aw, Humm,
    That is the way the Cookie Crumbles. If you have provided for this day you will be OK. If you are among those that have Champagne Taste and a Beer Pocketbook welcome to the Club! For too many years people have voted for this day and now it is here. The School of Experence is a harsh Teacher. All the Liberals are screaming, THE SKY IS FALLING, THE SKY IS FALLING !! Get Smart and stop beleving Liberals. Start beleving in yourself. You will be much better off.

    February 20, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. Fair is Fair

    Larry L

    It's a sad state of affairs when Republicans choose to take honest wages from Civil Service families so the uber-rich won't have to pay a fair share of taxes.
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    The "uber-rich" got their taxes raised, just like the left wanted. Defense spending is being slashed, just like the left wanted. What are you upset about?

    February 20, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |