Don't forget that sequestration was President Obama's idea. Don't forget that Democrats and Republicans on the Hill were both against it. Don't forget that the Republicans have passed several measures in the House that would address the sequestration issue. Don't forget the Democrats haven't passed a budget in almost four years. And most of all, don't forget that Obama's own budgets have received little to no Democrat support.
Defense officials have warned lawmakers that sequestration will devastate the military and lead to a hollow force, but the civilian furloughs will be one of the first major impacts felt by the across-the-board cuts.
The Pentagon furloughs will affect civilians across the country. Pentagon officials have said that civilians could face up to 22 days of furloughs, one per week, through the end of the fiscal year in September. The employees would receive 30 days notice before being furloughed.
“We are doing everything possible to limit the worst effects on DOD personnel — but I regret that our flexibility within the law is extremely limited,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wrote in a message to the department. “The president has used his legal authority to exempt military personnel funding from sequestration, but we have no legal authority to exempt civilian personnel funding from reductions.”
When will this President stop campaigning, and start governing?