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. GI Joe

    A lot of those tea-baggers are gonna be 1-termers. That's what the Independents know FOR SURE.

    When the word COMPROMISE is not even recognized, there's no room for them in the people's business.

    April 7, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Kellie

    What needs to happen is all these essential people need not go to work and do it united that way maybe that would make them work a little faster to get this budget done.

    April 7, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. allan

    So these folks are there protesting..... Tea party folks....... they are there not working so i guess they want the shut down so they do not have to work, so that the rich will not have to pay there portion of taxes and the middle man carries the country – spending cuts , just remember if the government shuts down ,dedtrimental to the republicans next election, history has a tendency to repeat itself. not good for the speaker either. promises are to high and the green horn rep congressmen and women will be the cause of the next fall

    April 7, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. fiscalsanity

    If there are deemed non essential then just fire them, that should save us a bunch!

    April 7, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. Concerned Govt. Employee

    This partisan bickering will cost employees their lives. Many will need to tap funds intended for retirement, savings, or take loans while less fortunate employees living check to check are out of luck. Many single parents paying child support will miss payments which could result in felony dollar amounts in some states and risk security clearances, etc.

    This is horrible, what about mortgages and auto loans? These people have lives. The American people need competent representation!

    Here's a great idea. Anything they are not able to agree on is NOT FUNDED on both sides of the isle! Everything else goes.

    April 7, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. Stacy

    So what is the difference between a government layoff and a private industries layoff? Government workers know their layoff is temporary. Big difference.

    April 7, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Congress should give up their pay & pay the military families

    what a shame the US cannot figure out a budget- compromise, cut the fat- stop the wars then we will be fine.
    the rest of the world continues to laugh or cry at us.

    April 7, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. S. In California - Obama 2012

    This is what you get when you vote republicans into office. A lot of anger, (hidden budgets), fighting and wars. IF you voted for them LIVE WITH IT. For those who didn't, I offer my sympathy.

    April 7, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. jesse

    The tea party should just go away it's bad enough with a two party system to get the budget done. People that are on ss should not be the ones to get hurt. So yes tea party members get with the program. Don't let the ss people suffer.

    April 7, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. carol fields

    Does this mean we can "Furlough" all senators and representatives?

    April 7, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. Ron Williams

    Why is it that Congress gets paid while other federal workers, including our military, will not receive pay checks. I have tried to stay out of this mess in DC, but this one issue alone is enough to get me involved in the next campaign, personally & with my checkbook. Watch out you Tea Partyer's and republicans. You have just fired up many of the moderates, and you will hear from us. You are cutting my children's social security, while you don't cut the large corporation's tax loopholes! What near criminal activity.

    April 7, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. Marcelo - Los Angeles

    I wonder if preparing and printing the furlough notices were in the current budget plan...

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

    I'm sorry that some government workers will for likely a short time not be getting an immediate paycheck.

    However, this is the economy today. Considering all of their perks that the private sector doesn't get? Considering that they will eventually get back-pay? Considering that they aren't flat-out losing their jobs, just taking a 'furlough' from it?

    I'm sorry, but I can't offer any further sympathies. Not that Congress doesn't disgust me, but that's another matter. This is simply something that can happen to government employees. 99% of the time, it's a sweet ride with benefits that the rest of us could only dream about getting. They must simply find a way to get by on 'furlough' just like the rest of us.

    April 7, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Jeanne Romano

    I can stop the debate in five minutes. Put their paychecks, medical care and limo driver's on furlough. When people are living check to check, like my 84 year old mom, SHAME ON THEM!

    April 7, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. Army wife

    My husband is in the US army and he is the only bread winned on our home. We have two kids and a mortage never been late or not pay our taxes and this is the thanks we get!!!! My husband has been on 6 tours over seas and this is the apperciation the government shows the men and women and there families thanks by taking there lively hood away!!! While the rich get richer and people worry about the NFL players making more money its a joke. The government need ti get it toghether and not take it lightly when i have to explain to the bill collectors that we gave no money because our government cant play nice in the sand box!!!!

    April 7, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    If we have "non-essential" congressional staffers, how about we look there for some cuts.

    April 7, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. Frank

    People of the United States of America and President Obama.
    Do not blame Republicans for the coming shutdown.What part of the majority of the people in this country can not afford to have their Taxes increased any higher due to increased Govt. spending do the Democrats not understand.The people are exhausted just from the expenses of daily living.I have not had a salary increase in 2 years and the cost of living goes up(i.e.Gas Prices) continuously.I say "Shut it Down Baby Shut it Down"!

    April 7, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. allen

    i am a combat vet of OIF 3 i was stationed in gemany i was on active duty what is going to happen to troops that have bills to pay because not all sevice members live on a post. how will they pay the local utilities company if they do not get payed no one over seas takes I O U S. and the service members in combat operations.

    April 7, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. BrickellPrincess.com

    Shut it down, board it up, and keep it shut! The Federal "government" does nothing for working Americans other than take a huge chunk from our paychecks.

    We get nothing in return. As such, shutting that mess down will mean absolutely nothing to Americans.

    Shut it down!

    April 7, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. Bill N

    Why aren't the congressional clowns (House of Representative congressmen) who have caused this problem made to suffer along with their staff members and other gov't workers?

    April 7, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. Bear1954

    At this point I would say that no one in Congress or on their staffs are essential, in fact they are a major part of the problem.

    April 7, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Cathy

    Wouldn't it make sense to cut salaries and benefits of federal and state senators, representatives, and all government officials and employees who make over $200 a year, yes including the President. Cut the entitlements of the higher paid retired govenment officials too. Cynthia McKenie, all retired Senators and Representatives, Presidents Clinton, Bush, Bush and Carter, everyone. Wouldn't it make more sense to start there. That would lay the foundation for asking the American taxpayers, the ones who pay the salaries and entitlements referred to above, to accept cuts as well. I'm talking about 30% pay cuts, 50% entitlement/retirement cuts.

    April 7, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. Jerri

    Isn't it interesting that congress will still get paid while our military will not. What motivation do they have to work things out! Not a one. If congress wasn't get paid during this shutdown, I bet they would come to a compromise real quick!

    April 7, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. Noah Benzing

    It's over. Go home. Enjoy what little time you have left to spend with your family and loved ones.

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

    If all members of congress are classified as non-essentials, this nonsense will be resolved in a heartbeat.

    April 7, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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