Furlough notices arrive on Capitol Hill
Protesters demonstrate in front of the Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on April 6, 2011 urging government spending cuts.
April 7th, 2011
01:08 PM ET
12 years ago

Furlough notices arrive on Capitol Hill

(CNN) - CNN has learned that the first furlough notices are being sent out to congressional staffers, explaining to them whether they are considered essential or non-essential — and if they would be expected to come to work in case there is a government shutdown.

See the full announcement here.

Filed under: Capitol Hill • Congress • Government Shutdown
soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. Ryan NC

    I guess this is part of the job creation policies that Republicans were talking about during elections, huh?

    April 7, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. BevHayden

    No mercy!! Shut everything down till the idiots agree to the demands. We have to make a serious effort to reduce the debt. There is no leadership in the WH at all!!

    April 7, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. Video Guy

    Lets give Boehner and the fool from North Dakota Rick Berg their notice.

    April 7, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. mary

    There are three branches of government, the gop control one, that means you have to work together,but the GOP-TEA -PARTYcan't understand that!!! We compromise everday in our life but the retared GOP can't understand

    April 7, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. furious

    Wow..the photographer really tried to make the crowed look big with the angel he took .

    April 7, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. jm from sc

    How is it that people who have worked all along are now being consider non-essential?

    I hope people will finally see how far Republicans are willing to go, regardless of who they hurt, to make this president look bad in hopes to get back in power. The tea party wants a shutdown so republicans are willing to take the risk to gain their support in 2012.

    How can people be so blind and unable to see that the real non-essential people to the republican party are any one considered to be poor.

    Obama 2012!!

    April 7, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. kat

    They will all consider this a paid vacation since they will probably be paid for the time off when they get back to work.

    April 7, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Chris

    Well, at least someone know something, here at Fort Leavenworth, no one has a clue...

    April 7, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    The does not look like a picture of working class people or families to me.

    April 7, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. Alicia siska

    RE: Letter To Boehner
    My name is Alicia Siska, spouse to a military member, mother of three young daughters and productive member of society. This email goes out to you, your constituents and all involved in the budget approval process, regarding the disappointment, in which I along with others in the military community are feeling, with Congress not uniting for the greater good of society. COMPROMISE! How can you (and your constituents) do this to YOUR service members putting them in limbo, wondering whether or not congress can pull it together to get them paid? You'll be paid... which seems ridiculous to me, being you're not working hard enough for the greater good of this country. Service members across the country and abroad are working for their money, dying for it, feeding their family with it, paying bills with what little they get in vast contrast to what they do and yet you and all involved in this process attend meetings with our President, having the ability to work knowing you'll get what you worked for, even if you do not deserve it. Maybe you should include people who serve this country in you’re budget meetings to remind you who and what you’re paying for.

    My mother, retired Air Force Mgst. Sandra Daniel, is now a SARC (sexual assault response coordinator) and family advocacy coordinator for an Army recruiting brigade in Las Vegas who counsels Army members and their families, along with other various duties, who will be furloughed Friday if this is not worked out. What is the current status of Army suicides? Really, how is this benefiting anyone by putting your foot down and not compromising?

    This email will go to Congressman Reid and other various Representatives and Senators. I am disappointed and angry.


    Alicia Siska

    April 7, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. Eric

    Democrats had control over the House, the Senate, and the Whitehouse when the budget proposal began, and they still couldn't arrive at a budget. It is 100% the Democrats fault if there is a shutdown. 100%.

    April 7, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. Sue

    This is one thing the Tea-party won't be able to blame on President Obama. I wonder if they realize that they have to feed
    their children also? Cut off their noses to spite their face seems to be their motto.

    April 7, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. Art R

    In addition to staffers, can we furlough all representatives and senators without pay, for all practical purposes they can be considered non-essential the way this country is being run.

    April 7, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. gt

    get your house in order...now...or get a real job....

    April 7, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. Mike

    Hard to understand how anyone associated with Congress is essential...

    April 7, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  16. Maria

    A part of me wishes they would shutdown and hash this out. It's not fun living week to week wondering it you'll be shut down. Who can continue to live like this????

    April 7, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. Georgi

    Maybe the budget could be dealt with if everyday people do it and Congress is furloughed.

    April 7, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. Erick

    I blamed the Tea Party causing USA messed up.

    April 7, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. Cary

    It's really sad as we have gas prices on the rise, people still without jobs and losing homes. I'm one of the people directly impacted and NO cares!

    Come on guys and get it together! I'm really thinking term limits need to be considered. The president can only serve two terms so why shouldn't everyone else follow same.

    It's really sad!!

    April 7, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  20. terry,va

    SHUT HER DOWN. SHUT HER DOWN. Obummie has voted present for over 6 months. The blame is his and his alone as he controlled both house by super majority last year. Why are we talking about something that should have been done before last October? The answer, the dumbocraps didn't want to have the debate before the November elections. We aren't stupid. We can remember until the next election dumbocraps.

    April 7, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. Jack

    Let them all stay home for a year! that should save us some money

    April 7, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. Dorothy

    Just love how smug they are, until they are affected somehow.


    April 7, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. Nate, OLY

    A govt shutdown will cost MORE in the long run....silly PeaTardy.

    April 7, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. Colorado taxpayer

    It doesnt bother me one bit that the federal workers have to take a furlough day. I had to take two last year and one this year. The state workers take them, county workers take them, city workers take them. Come one federal workers it's about time you joined the rest of us. I just hope the elected Congressional members take an unpaid holiday too!! They are definitely "non-essential" personnel. Think how much money we would save it they didnt get paid!

    April 7, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. Phil

    This is totally irresopnsible and unaccerptable – no matter which political party you come from. Obviously our politicians are busy with their own agendas and not those of their fellow Americans. Maybe we need a 5 or 6 party system that would more c ompetitive and maybe more responsible.

    April 7, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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