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. Robert Hackett

    Is it not ironic that the very perople responsible for the government shutdown, our legislators will still continue to be paid no matter what? They have managed to do what no outside group has been able to do. Fundamentally shutting down part of the government of the United States. All federal employees and their voting relatives should remember them at voting time. They appear too secure in their office.

    April 7, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. Jude

    What's wrong with people. Either shut down Gov't (i.e., middle class people) or give us (i.e., The Rich) a tax break. Either Shut down Gov't or cut Medicare. Why should the debt be a class warfare thing. Why isnt the media informing people that this is class warfare at it's work. Havn't everbody heard the 12 cookie saying. A CEO, A tea party memeber and a Union member gets 12 cookies. The CEO takes 11 and tells the Tea party memeber that the Union guy wants his cookie...Well we elected them!

    April 7, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. Jack

    I have an idea. Why don't we furlough half the government for six months and see if we can make due without them. If we can get by with minimal impacts, that means that these people are not needed and they can be permanently laid off. We'll just tell them, "thank you, but your services are no longer required." And Congressional staffers is a great place to start.

    April 7, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. Brian

    Well if the Senate & Obama would just accept today's budget bill then these poor government workers might be able to work next week. There is no one to blame but the Democrats in Congress that are holding out against the will of the people. I feel sorry for those that will be furloughed but every job has ups and downs.

    April 7, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. Eric

    When we are trillions of dollars in debt, everything "non-essential" shoulda been cut long long ago.

    April 7, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. Jay

    i think its a tragedy that they are possibaly going to do that. And everything that works closley with the public or for the people and even protect us. Im a vet and i love what this country 'truely' stands for and taking away the rights of the people isnt it. Its is a proving fact that we are at a stand still in congress is becuase of crooked politicians taking the american peoples money to line there and the private intrest groups that funded them to be in office. It sadings me that we the people have been deceived so long that we've let it get this far and now the politicians are trying to blame it on the other party when there is corruption on both sides, And if you think about it, it could be a good plan to throw the people off by masking that with the blame game when really what the people should do is banned up and demand that congress should have there assit freezed until they fix the problem and with that we might have well be able to weed the corupt ones from the one that are truely loyale to the people and keep all the public system open its a pretty simple solution but because there is really corrution so there is confusion

    April 7, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. J. McLane

    I say expand the furloughs to include every senator & house of representatives member. Work with no pay till you get the budget bill passed. No more temporary extensions. Oh, right; and don't do it on the backs of the working class and elderly. Start at the top and work way down, including defense spending.

    April 7, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Simpleton

    Possibly a prime example as to proof that government IS too big. Too fat to stand up. Strangely Ironic it would match the very diagnosis of the average health of our population EH? (OVERWEIGHT)

    April 7, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. marianne-g

    For every day the government is shut all members of Congress should lose a days pay.

    April 7, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. Paul Kennedy

    The only ones the TEA Baggers are hurting are themselves, when they realize their elected officials are making 175K+ a year they might start thinking those elected officials are part of the problem. This will be especially true when they wake up to the fact that bankers, insurance companies, drug companies etc are paying them off to do nothing except to take away worker protection and regulatory protection.

    April 7, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Danielle Sager

    What a great way to treat Americorps members who give a year of service to the country!

    April 7, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. J Sinclair

    This just stinks.....You know government workers don't have it all that great America just ask one of us! Now we may not get paid. At least for those that think we free ride it is likely you will continue to get paid. So banks, credit card companies, utility companies guess what! You ARE NOT getting paid by me.

    April 7, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. a shame

    until obama can be removed from office the next best step is to shut down the government and turn off his incredible spending...

    April 7, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. one

    So do we have to pay or taxes this yeat.

    April 7, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. Mark S

    Congress should not only not get paid when the Government goes into a furlough status but in my opinion should have to give back their pay retroactive to 01 October 2010 when the FY2011 budget should have been in place. October 1 comes at the same time every year. I may not be paid if furloughed due to their inability to do their job.

    April 7, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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