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GOP Offer Furlough Exceptions For Public Safety

From the Washington Post:

Exceptions from furloughs proposed

By Eric Yoder | April 16, 2013

A newly introduced Senate bill would exempt from sequestration-triggered furloughs federal employees whose jobs are deemed essential to public safety.

The bill, introduced Monday by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and backed by nine other Republican senators, mirrors a plan offered but not brought to a vote last month as an amendment to a measure funding the government through September.

“This bill will help ensure the Obama Administration spends taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars in a way that prioritizes our nation’s economy, protects private sector jobs, and defends our national security,” Blunt said in a statement

What’s this? Could the Republicans actually be making a point? But how long will before they’re attacked for ‘politicizing’ this tragedy’?

Some federal employees are exempt from unpaid furlough days because of the self-funding nature of their agencies, such as the U.S. Postal Service, while the Veterans Administration is excluded under a separate law. Also, some agencies have said that they won’t need furloughs because they achieved enough savings in other ways, such as through hiring freezes and cutting contract spending.

Funny, how we haven’t heard much about these agencies.

However, where furloughs hit, relatively few exceptions are projected. For example, the military services have said that certain jobs involving health and safety can be excluded, but only on a limited basis

Under the bill, agencies would exempt “essential” employees, who it defines as those in positions “involving the safety of human life or the protection of property, as determined by the head of the agency.” Agencies could transfer certain funds internally to cover the costs…

Don’t worry. The Democrats in the Senate will never let this pass. And, even if they did, Obama will veto it PDQ.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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