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.
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“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.