Lawmaker Warns of Staffing Cuts, Mass Furloughs Under Sequestration

October 11, 2012

Across-the-board budget cuts scheduled to take effect in January could put tens of thousands of federal workers on the unemployment line and imperil government missions ranging from nuclear weapons modernization to providing Indian health care, the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee said in an analysis this week.

Within the Department of Homeland Security alone, more than 24,500 jobs could be slashed, Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., wrote in a 15-page letter directed at other members of Congress. Some 3,400 Border Patrol officers — more than 15 percent of the total — could be cut, the ranks of active-duty and civilian Coast Guard staff could shrink 12 percent from 61,700 to 54,300, and the number of Secret Service agents could fall by more than 800, he said.

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