Furloughs planned in preparation for possible government shutdown

09/26/2013 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Washington – The government has reportedly planned furloughs in case a shutdown occurs due to a failure by Congress to reach an agreement on a temporary spending bill. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), over a third of federal workers would be instructed to stay at home in the event of a shutdown, which could occur as early as Tuesday.

Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, is quoted by the AP as stating of the situation, “Federal agencies have had to devote time and resources to develop yet another crisis plan, distracting agencies from their critical missions… And, if the government shuts down, the public will be further harmed by the loss of vital services people need and depend upon.”

Services deemed critical for national security, health, and safety such as law enforcement would continue to operate in the event of a shutdown.

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