The United States’ national debt now stands at more than $16 trillion, which is one reason why cuts have been made to government agencies. Its said that more than $500 billion will be cut from national security agencies, including the Defense Department, and the rest of the cuts geared towards domestic discretionary spending, such as national parks, federal courts, food inspections, housing aid, and even the FBI. It hasn’t been determined which domestic agencies will be affected the most.
Department Defense employees may start receiving furlough notices by Thursday, and will have seven days to appeal their place on the list. The first furlough is set to begin on April 25, and will be extended through eleven pay periods, lasting until September 21.
- The Mystery of the Sequestration Signs at Miami Airport (nationalreview.com)
- Furloughs Could Begin April 26, Defense Dept. Comptroller Says (albanytribune.com)
- Furloughs Can Begin April 26, DOD Comptroller Says (defense.gov)
- How Sequestration Will Affect You (1800politics.com)
- Sequestration: Are the Negations Just ‘Theater?’ (npr.org)
- Don’t fall for Pentagon spin (salon.com)
- DOD to send furlough notices (politico.com)