First furlough notices go out
March 5th, 2013
07:12 AM ET
1 year ago

First furlough notices go out

Washington (CNNMoney) – The first furlough notices for government employees have gone out.

The Army sent letters on Feb. 28 and March 1 to unions warning that employees at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Gunpowder, Md., as well as the Corps of Engineers in Walla Walla, Wash., will be forced to stay at home without pay one day each week from April 22 through Sept. 21.

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  1. AmeriaStand

    So we don't have the money to pay our government civilians, and we're forced to cut some military manpower, deployments, training, etc. But we'll hand aid to Egypt who persecutes Christians, the organization heading the government (Muslim Brotherhood) has ties to terrorism, and they had a presence in Benghazi when 4 Americans were murdered, whose government also denies witnesses to that attack be interviewed, they have a wing of the Brotherhood who are known terrorists: Hamas! If Bush did this, liberals would be screaming impeachment. Wake up America, the world is laughing how we fund the enemy who has been killing our service men and women the last 10 years.

    March 5, 2013 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  2. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Oh,
    Chicago is burning ! Rumor has it Mr.s O'Leary's Cow knocked over a Lantern. But no need to wory. There wILL be a bailout !

    March 5, 2013 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  3. DC Insider

    A furlough is a good thing – we should make them permanent. Our government is bloated; there is untold waste and redundancy. It is time we as citizens begin to live within our means. And as for DOD, that group could withstand a 20% (not 2%) cut in expenditures and we would still be paying too much for defense.

    It may be time to close some useless bases and bring those troops (and the related positive economic impact) back to the US. Why should the US be spending hundreds of billions overseas when those dollars could fund jobs and the economy back home - and closing bases in places like England, Germany, Okinawa, et al will not compromise our national security one bit despite all the rhetoric from the military spenders and defense lobbyists. Perhaps one of the closed bases could reopen along our Southern border with Mexicao and the troop presence could completely stop the flow of illegals, drugs, and criminals.

    March 5, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Seeing how a year's worth of spending cuts must be crammed into the final six months of the fiscal year, some departments are going to have to cut their budgets by as much as 8% for the remainder of the year. For example, members of Congress have been directed to reduce their staffing budgets by 8.2%. Instead of small bite spread across a year's time, it's a bigger bite spread across a shorter period of time. That's the real impact of the sequester.

    March 5, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  5. 22

    In their bid to make the president fail,Americans have become collateral damage.The GOP profess patriotism but in reality put party,Teapots and Norqist above country.Don't be fooled by all the rhetoric about "cutting spending",this is a vendetta against the president.Shame on the GOP.I'm getting ready for the midterm elections,We need a government of the people by the people for the people.

    March 5, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  6. amf140

    Welcome to the world of the Private sector. Duh. Private corporations have recorded record profits because they have been forced to pare down, become more efficient and take care of their money. What a novel approach in a downturn. Perhaps the government can learn something. It's proven that it works. The taxpayers (all) just took a 2% bath – why not our government?

    March 5, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    amf140 wrote:

    Welcome to the world of the Private sector. Duh. Private corporations have recorded record profits because they have been forced to pare down, become more efficient and take care of their money. What a novel approach in a downturn.
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    Private corporations are recording record profits because of economic growth in their overseas investmetns, particularly in China, India, and throughout that entire region. They're not making record profits because of growth in their US business. They're making their increased profits with overseas consumers: you know, those places where labor is cheap. Manufacturing is cheaper when it can be done as close to the consumer as possible. The consumer markets in that part of the world are the fastest growing markets, by far.

    March 5, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  8. Larry L

    Many Civil Servants are veterans who continued to serve as civilians when they left the military. Now their families will get a 22-23% cut in pay and many will exhaust their saving quickly. That cut is not the 2% many of you mention – IT'S 22-23%! Some will lose their homes and others will pull their kids out of college. Those of you who attack the civil servants simply because they work for YOUR government are fools at best – traitors in many cases. Civil Servants didn't create the size of the government and they don't control the budget. The budget is controlled by YOUR Congress. Civil Servants do the jobs YOUR elected representatives created. They provide the services YOU asked for through your representatives. The fearful, Tea Party Republicans lash out at Civil Servants and attack their family's well-being, while all along losing nothing from their own paychecks. The 2014 election is pay-back time.

    March 5, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  9. Ancient Texan

    22- "We need a government of the people by the people for the people". Tell that to our li'l dictator who wants to do everything with executive order rather than try to work with the loyal opposition. Yes, I know he SAYS he will work with congress, but immediately insults and belittles them in an attempt to intimidate.

    March 5, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  10. Larry L

    @amf140

    "The taxpayers (all) just took a 2% bath – why not our government?"=
    ============================================
    The Civil Servants are taking a 22-23% loss of pay – not 2%. Many are veterans who will deplete their savings and may lose their homes. The Tea Party Congressmen who failed to do their most basic job will lose absolutely nothing – except the next election.

    March 5, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  11. much thunder.little rain

    when your company is not making money , you cut back or lay off....thats the real world..you dont get a raise if your not profitable...government workers, and teachers need to understand this..

    March 5, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  12. rs

    Ancient Texan

    22- "We need a government of the people by the people for the people". Tell that to our li'l dictator who wants to do everything with executive order rather than try to work with the loyal opposition"
    ____________________________
    Which "loyal" opposition is that Tex? The one that swore to make him "a one-term President" through obstruction as Boehner and McConnell did? The TEA Party that paraded racist images of the President around? Or, perhaps the "Birthers" who try to deny Mr. Obama is even the duly elected President of the United States?

    Face it, the GOP is a party of anti-American crackpots and liars- they ought to be in jail.

    March 5, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  13. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Thank the gop for your loss of income all because they don't want to close tax loopholes for the oil companies and other companies that don't pay real taxes on their income and continue to give tax breaks to companies that export your jobs .the gop needs to be thrown out of government totally if we want our country to get out of this mess that the gop created . Get ready to take the house from the gop trash party . The gop makes the communist party look good !!!!!

    March 5, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. rs

    amf140

    "The taxpayers (all) just took a 2% bath – why not our government?"
    __________________________________ Well, first up, yourr math skills aren't to hot. These workers are giving up more than 20% not 2%. Meanwhile some reality- we STILL have the lowest tax rates in a generation or more. The GOP still protects the 1% with insanely low rates given that the 1% OWNS about 90% of the wealth in the nation. It is time to go back to Eisenhower-era tax rates, close corporate loopholes, and charge stiff penalties to off-shore accounts.

    March 5, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  15. Jeff

    Seems pretty clear, we are broke, need to make cuts.

    March 5, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. Ind.

    IF there are any cuts it should be made in the Foreign aid area first but then again the politicians (both sides) can't make it political then.

    March 5, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. Moose

    What ever excuses you can come up with for bammnas failures are getting more and more ridiculious, hes the pres, win, lose or draw its his show. that makes him responsable. just stop with the excuses

    March 5, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |