The Department of Defense will delay sending out furlough notices to civilian employees for two weeks after the House of Representatives passed a continuing budget resolution today.

The bipartisan 318-109 vote sends the measure President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

The measure would fund the day-to-day operating budgets of every Cabinet agency through Sept. 30, provide another $87 billion to fund overseas military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and maintain a pay freeze for federal workers.

The Pentagon will analyze the effect of the continuing resolution on the department to determine if it will affect the total number of planned furlough days for fiscal year 2013. Furlough notices were expected to be sent out soon.

“We believe the delay is a responsible step to take in order to assure our civilian employees that we do not take lightly the prospect of furloughs and the resulting decrease in employee pay,” Pentagon press secretary George Little said in a news release.

More than 6,000 Rock Island Arsenal employees were expected to affected by furloughs required through the sequestration process, amounting to about $40 million of the $200 million in reductions the across-the-board budget cuts would cost the Arsenal.

The furloughs were expected to be 22 days unpaid, plus a handful of vacation or sick days amounting to a 20 percent pay cut for five months.

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This budget extends the sequester cuts, while adding additional cuts, until September 30. Congress exempted themselves from the sequester. the sequester was originally created so egregious that the "Supercommittee" would have to take action to avoid the blunt and massive cuts across the board. The Supercommittee failed, the implementation of the sequester was extended, and now it is actually being implemented through the continuing resolution. Congress has not passed an actual budget for years, and continues to fund the budget, with additional cuts, via "continuing resolutions." completely dysfunctional, political, and cruel. This is no longer a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, but is hostage to the rich Republican funders, like Sheldon Adelson (who paid $170,000,000 (!) of his own oil money to get Republicans, including Romney, into office) and who failed to buy the elections. Adelson had a personal interest in electing Republicans to get the Department of Justice off his Federal bribery case. And we Americans sit here and take this? Unbelievable. The 2012 elections apparently must be bought in other ways....

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