SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE — The Department of Defense announced it will delay by two weeks the start of mandatory unpaid furloughs for about 4,500 civilian workers at Scott Air Force Base, in addition to 700,000 other civilian employees who work for the Pentagon.
The civilian workers will now be taking 20 days of unpaid furloughs between late April and the end of September because of the federal budget sequester.
Before Thursday, Scott civilian workers had been set to begin taking, starting next week, 22 unpaid days off over the next six months, according to 2nd Lt. Korey Fratini, a spokesman for the 375th Air Mobility Wing.
The continuing resolution President Barack Obama received from Congress on Thursday provides an extra $10 billion for operations that cover civilian workers, according to The Hill, a publication that covers the federal government.
The Defense Department chose to delay the furloughs after Congress approved a plan to give the Pentagon more latitude in its spending and furlough decisions.
The budget sequester, which took effect March 1, aims to cut $85 billion from the federal budget between now and Sept. 30. About half the cuts, or more than $42 billion, will come from defense programs.
The sequester stems from an August 2011 deal between President Barack Obama and Congress concerning efforts to lift the federal government's debt ceiling while seeking ways to trim the nation's $16 trillion public debt.
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