Moran eNews: Sequestration's Impact on Federal Workers

Congressman Jim Moran
2013-02-20 13:55:28
Congressman Jim Moran, Representing the 8th District of Virginia Dear Unity, On March 1st, harmful cuts known as �sequestration,� will go into effect if Congress doesn�t act. These cuts will impact every federal employee, agency, and program. With nearly 40 percent of our local economy tied to the federal government, the Washington Metropolitan region will be the hardest hit in the country. Federal agencies are required to cut $85 billion from their budgets, but are being forced to do it nearly halfway through the fiscal year, amplifying the pain. These cuts are across the board, meaning every program will be reduced, with no priority given to even the most sensitive and important government functions, from FBI investigations to air traffic control. For the 65,000 federal employees who live in the 8th District, sequestration would have an immediate impact. Federal workers are likely to be furloughed for up to 22 days through September 30th, the end of the fiscal year, equaling a 15 to 16 percent reduction in their monthly take home pay. That�s a problem not only for federal workers with a mortgage, car payments and kids in college, but it will also impact restaurants, retail stores and the numerous other parts of our economy that depend on consumer spending. The House Appropriations Committee minority has issued a report detailing what the federal employee furloughs and job losses may look like under sequestration. Examples include: - Furloughs of 10 percent of the FAA�s workforce on any given day - Furloughs at the FBI that will lead to the attrition of 145 attorney positions - Furloughs of 12-14 days Customs and Border Patrol officers and agents - Furloughs of up to 22 days for every one of DoD�s 800,000 civilian employees - Job losses for 10,500 teachers and aides at Title I schools - Job losses for up to 7,500 Head Start employees - FEMA cuts that could lead to state and local emergency personnel job losses Let there be no doubt � sequestration will disrupt vital services provided by the federal government. I voted against the Budget Control Act that created sequestration. We can stop this preventable economic disaster by passing legislation that identifies $1.2 trillion in budget savings, through a responsible package that includes smart, targeted spending reductions, the closure of tax loopholes, and reforms to entitlement programs that do not impact current beneficiaries. Congress can resolve our long-term deficit and debt challenges without jeopardizing our economic recovery, compromising our national security or disrupting the operations of the federal government. The Tea Party may see enactment of sequestration as a victory for their movement, but it will be a disaster for our region and the country if it comes to pass. Sincerely, James P. Moran � Contact Information: Website: moran.house.gov/ Washington Office 2239 Rayburn Building Washington, DC 20515-4608 Phone: (202) 225-4376 Alexandria District Office 333 N. Fairfax St. Suite 201 Alexandria, VA 22314 Phone: (703) 971-4700 Privacy Policy: moran.house.gov/privacy.shtml Unsubscribe: moran.congressnewsletter.net/mail/util.cfm
February 20, 2013

Dear Unity,

On March 1st, harmful cuts known as �sequestration,� will go into effect if Congress doesn�t act. These cuts will impact every federal employee, agency, and program. With nearly 40 percent of our local economy tied to the federal government, the Washington Metropolitan region will be the hardest hit in the country.

Federal agencies are required to cut $85 billion from their budgets, but are being forced to do it nearly halfway through the fiscal year, amplifying the pain. These cuts are across the board, meaning every program will be reduced, with no priority given to even the most sensitive and important government functions, from FBI investigations to air traffic control.

For the 65,000 federal employees who live in the 8th District, sequestration would have an immediate impact. Federal workers are likely to be furloughed for up to 22 days through September 30th, the end of the fiscal year, equaling a 15 to 16 percent reduction in their monthly take home pay. That�s a problem not only for federal workers with a mortgage, car payments and kids in college, but it will also impact restaurants, retail stores and the numerous other parts of our economy that depend on consumer spending.

The House Appropriations Committee minority has issued a detailing what the federal employee furloughs and job losses may look like under sequestration. Examples include:

  • Furloughs of 10 percent of the FAA�s workforce on any given day
  • Furloughs at the FBI that will lead to the attrition of 145 attorney positions
  • Furloughs of 12-14 days Customs and Border Patrol officers and agents
  • Furloughs of up to 22 days for every one of DoD�s 800,000 civilian employees
  • Job losses for 10,500 teachers and aides at Title I schools
  • Job losses for up to 7,500 Head Start employees
  • FEMA cuts that could lead to state and local emergency personnel job losses


Let there be no doubt � sequestration will disrupt vital services provided by the federal government.

I voted against the Budget Control Act that created sequestration. We can stop this preventable economic disaster by passing legislation that identifies $1.2 trillion in budget savings, through a responsible package that includes smart, targeted spending reductions, the closure of tax loopholes, and reforms to entitlement programs that do not impact current beneficiaries.

Congress can resolve our long-term deficit and debt challenges without jeopardizing our economic recovery, compromising our national security or disrupting the operations of the federal government. The Tea Party may see enactment of sequestration as a victory for their movement, but it will be a disaster for our region and the country if it comes to pass.

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