As Sequester Nears, Workers Brace for Furloughs
Unions, agencies scrambling to work out details ahead of Friday
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2013 12:14 PM CST
A July 2011 photo of House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

(Newser) – At this point, it's all but certain that no last-minute deal will emerge by Friday to avoid the sequester and the automatic spending cuts of $85 billion that go along with it, reports the Wall Street Journal. And while some think the doomsday scenarios are being overblown, try telling that to the federal workers facing days or weeks of lost pay, their unions trying to soften the blow, and their bosses trying to sort through the logistical nightmare of it all, reports the Washington Post. “We’ve never been through a sequester before,” says the president of the National Treasury Employees Union. “There aren’t any rules.” (Well, there are some rules: The first furloughs would not take effect until April 1 because workers get 30 days' notice, notes the Post.)

Politico, meanwhile, points out that cutbacks at the IRS might result in slower refund checks and fewer tax cheats getting caught. As the wire services weigh in on the consequences, President Obama used his weekly radio address to talk about how the cuts might hurt military readiness and mess up air travel, and he reiterated his call for Republicans to compromise on a mix of spending cuts and new tax revenues, reports the Hill. (Although Bob Woodward writes that the president is "moving the goal posts" because he agreed to no new taxes when he made the sequester deal in 2011.)

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Feb 24, 2013 2:02 PM CST
Scare tactics, pure and simple. Sure , there is going to be some pain but it is a given that we are in a hell of a mess and we must start immediately to righten a ship that has gone way off course. The government has to conduct its fiscal business the same way an American family does - if you do not have enough money, you do not buy. If your revenues go down, you cut back on expenditures. You live within the confines of a budget. You just do not keep borrowing and borrowing and borrowing and printing , and printing, and printing more money. The states have to have balanced budgets - ditto for the Feds.
Feb 24, 2013 11:09 AM CST
I hope all of you living off the government teet, are having a BAD DAY!! Sequester is A GOOD THING FOR THOSE OF US NOT ON GOV PAYROLLS, OR WELFARE!!!! IT IS A GREAT THING ACTUALLY!
Feb 24, 2013 6:09 AM CST
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