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Federal workers brace for furloughs
CNN Money ^ | December 31, 2012 | Jennifer Liberto

Posted on 01/01/2013 6:39:02 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Federal workers are bracing for furloughs that could start to take place in the next few months if Congress doesn't replace massive budget cuts scheduled to begin Wednesday.

Even as a fiscal cliff deal was beginning to emerge Monday afternoon, lawmakers and the president still lacked agreement to stop measures carving some $110 billion in spending power from federal budgets each year over the next decade through automatic cuts.

President Obama dubbed the sequester cuts akin to "using an ax instead of a scalpel" on the budget in a Monday speech, while announcing a deal was close.

"Some of these spending cuts that Congress has said will automatically go into effect have an impact on our Defense Department, but they (also) have an impact on things like Head Start," an educational program for poor children, Obama said. "That is a piece of business that still has to be taken care of."

The move, called a sequester, would force agencies to cut some 8% to 10% from their budgets. Several departments, including Defense, NASA and Agriculture, started to tell employees on Dec. 20 that they might have to resort to furloughs...

(Excerpt) Read more at money.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: bureaucrats; congress; fiscalcliff; layoffs; military; obama; sequesteration; unions
Someone fax me a crying towel.
1 posted on 01/01/2013 6:39:07 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Forget about congress holding the purse, imagine what a tax revolt could do.


2 posted on 01/01/2013 6:46:16 PM PST by Track9 ("The nightly "news" is for the ignorant." wwf)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The poor darlings! Boo F’ing Hoo.


3 posted on 01/01/2013 6:46:34 PM PST by Parmy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Oh, it's just so sad when that happens!

Hey, why don't you guys cry us a river. While you're at it, why don't you give your union rep a call. I'm sure they'll fix everything. You federal workers who voted for Obama a second time have made your bed...now sleep in it!

4 posted on 01/01/2013 6:49:12 PM PST by Artcore
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lay them all off, all the federal workers of the EPA, FDA, FEC, FCC, EPA, IRS and so on, permanently


5 posted on 01/01/2013 6:51:36 PM PST by Democrat_media (media makes mass shooters household names to create more & take our guns)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
which in the end will prolly amount to no more than a paid vacation...
6 posted on 01/01/2013 6:51:36 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Has anything actually been fully passed or ordered to stop the so-called fiscal cliff? If not, why haven’t all of the requirements been enacted? It’s January 1, 2013.


7 posted on 01/01/2013 6:55:58 PM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Chode

I was thinking the same thing. ya, they might go few weeks with out pay on their ass (but they can apply for unemployment right?) but they will get back pay when it’s figured out.

They win no matter what.


8 posted on 01/01/2013 6:59:40 PM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: cableguymn
100%
9 posted on 01/01/2013 7:01:26 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Government workers should suffer like those in the private sector. And the president, vice president and members of congress shouldn’t get paid until a sound fiscal budget is in place. The crap being considered by the House isn’t it


10 posted on 01/01/2013 7:01:59 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It will take an axe, and maybe a chain saw to straighten out the overbloated Government we have.


11 posted on 01/01/2013 7:04:44 PM PST by Venturer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This again?

The first step should be to ditch the baseline budgeting. Congress should have to review all spending, every year, and the budget should be set according to the amount of money actually taken in by the treasury. Unless there are extraordinary circumstances (e.g. an act of war), the government shouldn’t be able to borrow anything.

Of course, getting Congress to do what’s right is like trying to defy gravity.


12 posted on 01/01/2013 7:06:05 PM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Furlough” — temporary absence from work.
“Lay off” — supposed to be temporary, but often permanent.
“Fired” — permanent severance.

Don’t worry, federal darlings, your furlough may last a week or two. Enjoy your time off (which will most likely come with full back pay).


13 posted on 01/01/2013 7:26:57 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

They get severak days “laid-off” then the pol’s have them come back with full back pay. Sounds like a paid vacation to me. Always happens. Losers and societal parasites. Fire them all.


14 posted on 01/01/2013 7:40:45 PM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I just can’t imagine anything that makes me happier, except many will be our defense against the enemy


15 posted on 01/01/2013 7:45:48 PM PST by bestintxas (Anyone who votes for Obama after these 4 miserable years needs to take a mandatory citizenship test.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

In 1993, the socialist Premier of Ontario, Boob Rae, required Ontario swivel servants to take 12 days of unpaid ‘vacation’ annually. They became known as ‘Rae Days’.

Perhaps the furlough time can be called ‘Bama time’ or ‘Zero time’.


16 posted on 01/01/2013 8:00:53 PM PST by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was lost but now I'm found; blind but now I see.)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian
'Bama Time'

Can't touch this.

17 posted on 01/01/2013 8:02:44 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Don’t waste time with ‘forced unpaid leave’.

Just no longer have paid holidays.

Like the private sector used to do.

I used to tell my laborers - Work 4th of Jul, Labor Day etc and we will call it a paid holiday.
No work. No pay.

Used to be you went to the private sector for the money, you went to the ‘Government’ for leave, retirement, security, paid holidays and your actual pay was less.

Now you work for the Govt and get all of the above PLUS equal or more money.


18 posted on 01/01/2013 8:24:58 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: Track9
Forget about congress holding the purse, imagine what a tax revolt could do.

Force Bernanke to create even more money out of nothing to lend to the government?

19 posted on 01/01/2013 9:29:00 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: Parmy
The poor darlings! Boo F’ing Hoo

I was hoping to get furloughed rather than the cave-in we just got.

20 posted on 01/02/2013 3:42:47 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Exactly. $110 billion is NOTHING. Bast***’s.


21 posted on 02/14/2013 4:14:15 PM PST by Amberdawn
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