Defense trims furloughs to 6 days from 11
August 6th, 2013
03:24 PM ET

Defense trims furloughs to 6 days from 11

By Jennifer Liberto

The Defense Department is giving its employees a break by trimming furlough days.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced Tuesday that furloughs for workers would be cut to 6 days, from 11. Employees will take their last furloughs next week, instead of late September.

Hagel said he was able to win the reprieve by finding savings and cuts in other areas.

Ever since July 8, some 650,000 defense workers have been taking one unpaid day off each week. It has effectively cut employee pay about 20% for nearly three months. The savings from 11 furlough days was only about $1.8 billion, a sliver of the $40 billion that the Pentagon had to cut as part of the sequester, or forced federal spending cuts.

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    • DOD Employee

      Not fair to think that most of us are sitting in our swivel chairs. We are hardworking people just like everyone else, except we were told that we had to take mandatory days off and not get paid. It has hurt our famlies and anyone who makes light of it should have it done to them and see how they like it. There are 650,000 of us and we hold many important jobs and we do them to the best of our ability. Have your pay cut by 20% for a month or two and see how you feel. Next, how about being told that this can happen again and again. Go budget for that.

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        The h e l l if you're hardworking people, most of you are loiterers and not worth minimum wage.

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  27. Pete

    Isn't it great another republican created debacle all set up by republicans who almost unanimously voted for this sequester in the first place for Pres.Obama to sign and quess what republicans you're the ones that'll feel the brunt of it come midterms won't yah,idiots!!

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    • Spare

      Perhaps you have forgotten that the sequester was suggested by the White House ... probably did, huh?

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      • Pete

        @spare,yes I did but if you count the voting for it in both houses it was almost unanimously voted on by republicans..They figured if they'd win the presidency with Romney the Mormon moron they'd get the chance to change things in defense cuts but Romney didn't leaving more than egg on most republicans faces right!!Remember spare Pres.Obamas the chess player here and more than once republicans have walked away from the table as losers against him haven't they!!Don't be surprised if Hillary does run even after this Benghazi witch hunt which is all that it is and you,republicans out there know it..More than 4 have died under Bushs watch as president in embassies,senseless Iraq,Afghanistan wars as well as Reagan and nothing was said or done was it,again just a political witch hunt by the car thief Issa to discredit Hillary but memories are short in America and against her your party doesn't have a snowballs chance in hell of beating her and you know it!!

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