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Jun 05, 2013

House Republicans Ignore Defense Workers As They Receive Furlough Notices

With three-quarters of a million defense workers receiving furlough notices this week, House Republicans continue to ignore hardworking Americans in favor of their rigid political ideology. House Republicans could have spent the past several weeks working with Democrats to avoid the military furloughs, but instead focused on old partisan battles, like voting for the 37th time to repeal the health care law.

Final furlough notices are expected to be distributed today and defense workers will begin the work stoppage July 8. Defense workers will face a significant cut in pay over the 11 weeks of the furlough, losing a day of pay for each furlough day. Across the country, hardworking defense employees will lose $1.8 billion in salary that would have been spent in the local economy, all because of House Republicans’ relentless support of sequestration.

“House Republicans are so dysfunctional that they would rather take endless political votes than stop the tremendously unpopular furloughs that are happening because of sequestration,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “House Republicans could have compromised and come up with a better solution to our budget, but instead they allowed these furloughs to devastate some of the most patriotic people in this country – the men and women who work for the military helping to keep us safe every day. House Republicans clearly have the wrong priorities for our country and won’t even come to the table to stop these needless and harmful furloughs from going into effect.”

BACKGROUND

Washington Post: 750,000 DOD Employees To Be Furloughed. According to the Washington Post, “Some 750,000 Defense employees face up to 11 days of furlough beginning July 8 owing to automatic budget cuts mandated by sequestration.” [Washington Post, 5/29/2013]

Furloughs Will Cut $1.8 Billion. According to Bloomberg, “The furloughs will save $1.8 billion, according to two defense officials who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity to discuss details of the plans.” [Bloomberg, 5/30/13]

CBO: Sequester Will Halve U.S. Growth in 2013. According to the Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch, “Fiscal tightening including the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester would cut U.S. growth in half in 2013 if allowed to go into effect, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday in a new budget and economic outlook. … CBO said Tuesday that growth would be about 1.5 percentage points faster in 2013 if not for fiscal tightening including the sequester.” [MarketWatch, 2/05/13]