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some 2.1 million federal employees could be furloughed if congress does not act

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Federal workers could start facing furloughs as early as April, according to federal agencies trying to prepare for the worst.

Unless Congress steps in, some $85 billion in massive spending reductions will hit the federal government, doling out furloughs to much of the nation's 2.1 million federal workforce, experts say.

The cuts coming as a part of the "sequester" will end up carving some 9% from non-defense programs and 13% from defense programs, because the cuts take place over 7 months instead of 12. They're part of a larger effort to trim $1.2 trillion from federal deficits over ten years.

Daniel Werfel, a controller for the Office of Management and Budget, told a Senate panel Thursday that furloughs won't happen until after agencies negotiate with unions, and that's not expected to be finished until after March 1.

After union bargaining, the agencies still need to give employees their official 30 days notice of impending furloughs, realistically pushing most furloughs off until April at the earliest.

While they can't stop the furloughs, unions have the final say on how the furloughs will be implemented, said Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU). She said they get to bargain with federal agencies on issues such as how the furloughed days will be spread out.

The unions will also work with agencies to ensure that things such as performance reviews don't reflect work left incomplete due to furloughs.

"We believe that one furlough day is one too many for employees," said Kelley, whose group is among those pushing Congress to come up with an alternative to federal budget cuts.

Neither NTEU nor National Federation of Federal Employees have been approached to officially begin the bargaining process over furloughs, both confirmed.

At Thursday's hearing, Werfel said agencies might not be able to avoid furloughs that would reduce essential services. At the Agriculture Department, for example, it's not possible to avoid furloughs that would result in fewer food inspections, because most of the agency's expenses are the salaries and benefits of people who perform those tasks.



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Posted by Anonymous on Feb. 17, 2013 at 4:22 PM
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calcalmommy
by Silver Member on Feb. 17, 2013 at 4:25 PM
I really really hope this doesn't happen :/
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 17, 2013 at 4:36 PM

 The cuts are inevitable.  I personally can't wait until the welfare spending cuts begin.  I'm going to LMAO.

SoKamele
by on Feb. 17, 2013 at 4:39 PM

It's gonna happen.


the money train needs to be derailed.

taramac
by Platinum Member on Feb. 17, 2013 at 4:41 PM
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Then the money train needs to first stop with welfare, not the working class.


Quoting SoKamele:

It's gonna happen.


the money train needs to be derailed.


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taramac
by Platinum Member on Feb. 17, 2013 at 4:43 PM
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It's disgusting that our president says he is looking out for the working class but instead is more concerned with the welfare rats that are a drain on our economy. This is the reason our country is swiftly going downhill.
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SoKamele
by on Feb. 17, 2013 at 4:45 PM

I totally agree..and that is actually the money train I was referring too.

Quoting taramac:

Then the money train needs to first stop with welfare, not the working class.


Quoting SoKamele:

It's gonna happen.


the money train needs to be derailed.



taramac
by Platinum Member on Feb. 17, 2013 at 4:46 PM
Ok, sorry my bad! I agree with you then, lol!


Quoting SoKamele:

I totally agree..and that is actually the money train I was referring too.

Quoting taramac:

Then the money train needs to first stop with welfare, not the working class.





Quoting SoKamele:

It's gonna happen.


the money train needs to be derailed.





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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 17, 2013 at 4:47 PM
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Sing it



Quoting Anonymous:

 The cuts are inevitable.  I personally can't wait until the welfare spending cuts begin.  I'm going to LMAO.



proudmommy690
by Ruby Member on Feb. 17, 2013 at 4:48 PM
My daughter is out of school Tuesday because of furlough.
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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 17, 2013 at 4:49 PM

I agree but welfare should be cut, not people's JOBS. For example, my cousin has a family of 6, this includes a 3 month old and a 2 year old plus 2 kids in school who get free lunch and breakfast and they get close to $600 a month and her DH works and makes enough to pay the rest of their bills and have a few extras



Quoting SoKamele:

It's gonna happen.


the money train needs to be derailed.



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