Feds Fear Sequester’s Impact

March 4, 2013

Kelly — a single mother of two — said hives broke out on her arm because she has been worrying so much about the furlough.

“I didn’t sleep at all last night,” said Kelly, an Air Force machinist who asked for her last name and base not to be printed. “It wouldn’t take a whole lot to make me cry.”

Because of the sequester that appeared all but certain last Friday, Kelly and almost 800,000 other Defense Department civilians are likely to be furloughed one day a week for the rest of the year beginning in late April. That amounts to a 20 percent pay cut.

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