February 20th, 2013
09:45 AM ET

80K civilian defense workers face furloughs

Nearly 800,000 civilian workers would be forced to take one day of leave per week without pay if automatic spending cuts go into effect as scheduled, the Defense Department told Congress on Wednesday morning.

The furloughs would start in the last week of April and last for 22 weeks, according to the Pentagon plan. It's unclear what would happen after the 22 weeks.

The Pentagon's plan is in response to the looming mandatory, across-the-board federal budget cuts known as sequestration that are due to start March 1. The cuts, mandated by a 2011 agreement to raise the federal debt ceiling, will take effect unless lawmakers come up with another deficit reduction plan.

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  1. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Alright, one more question. So which is it, 80K or 800K ? Headline says 80K. First paragraph starts 800,000. Which is it ?

    February 20, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      Wow, Rawr! I was just going to comment on the same thing! GMTA

      February 20, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ronvan

      YEP, good eyes! Was thinking the same thing.

      February 21, 2013 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. Boston

    It doesn't matter the number, its for 'the cause'! Trivial details!
    oh nooooo! Some govt workers will be forced to take one day off a week for 22 weeks! Maybe they can dig into their vacation time!
    Welcome to the real world Govt. workers! How about the 300K private sector workers that are applying for unemployment checks EVERY WEEK!
    OB created this, let him be forced to work with the other side to fix it. He can no longer be a pedestrian to the destruction he is causing.

    March 2, 2013 at 5:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
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