Ladies and gentlemen, the Pentagon has just informed Congress that it will be furloughing its civilian workforce of 800,000 employees if sequestration goes into effect on March 1st. Now, the sequestration is $85 billion. So roughly half of that is defense, and that’s $42.5 billion. We spent $50 billion on Hurricane Sandy refusal efforts, or we’re going to. I think in his State of the Union that Obama proposed $83.4 billion in new spending. People have forgotten this. The sequester is roughly $85 billion.

The world is gonna come to a screeching halt, all kinds of pain and suffering will result, and 800,000 civilian employees will be furloughed. “Defense officials have warned lawmakers that sequestration will devastate the military and lead to a hollow force, but the civilian furloughs will be one of the first major impacts felt by the across-the-board cuts. The Pentagon furloughs will affect civilians across the country. Pentagon officials have said that civilians could face up to 22 days of furloughs, one per week, through the end of the fiscal year in September. The employees would receive 30 days notice before being furloughed.

“‘We are doing everything possible to limit the worst effects on DOD personnel, but I regret that our flexibility within the law is extremely limited,’ Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wrote in a message to the department. ‘The president has used his legal authority to exempt military personnel funding from sequestration, but we have no legal authority to exempt civilian personnel funding from reductions.'” So 800,000 defense workers, civilian defense workers will basically be laid off if the sequester happens.

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