Sequestration May Kick Washington Area in the Teeth
Defense Department will furlough some 90K employees
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2013 2:11 PM CST
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(Newser) – Shrugging off sequestration as a minor 2.4% federal budget cut that plays itself out gradually? A few riders on the 595 bus to Reston, Va., feel differently, knowing Northern Virginia and the Washington metro area will suffer most from the $85 billion in cuts, the New York Times reports. The Defense Department has been told to furlough 90,000 civilian workers in the state, trimming their annual salaries by 20%. "No more movies, no more out-to-dinners, no more fun," says a Defense employee waiting for the bus. "It’s just pay the mortgage, pay the utilities, no more frills."

Not many Americans will cry a river over these wealthy, suburban counties, which suck at the federal teat and had low unemployment during the recession. But much of that money went to contractors engaged in the war on terror, while federal workers—younger ones especially—got by on middle-class paychecks. Now economists are predicting an area downturn, and 595 riders are worrying about things like child care and finding part-time work. "I’m talking the restaurant business, a server, a food runner, anything," says an Army PR guy. "If you know something, let me know."

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Mar 7, 2013 8:11 AM CST
I'm actually hoping it kicks washington a little further down! Welcome to the "recession" the rest of us have been enjoying for 10 years!
Mar 6, 2013 8:30 AM CST
conrelison and other dems cannot stand the fact that my House can stop anything the president and the Senate try to shove down the throat of taxpayers. I love this system, it works well. Don't ever change.
Mar 5, 2013 2:49 AM CST
Where are the jobs, John Boehner? Why did you reject the infrastructure bill proposed by The President? Where are the tax loopholes that you promised to close, John Boehner?