Sequestration? Continuing Resolution? What’s That Mean to Me?

A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away. 
~Barry Goldwater

I’m super stressed about this Sequestration and Continuing Resolution stuff. I just wish Congress would get in gear and pass something. Neither party is going to be happy, but they need to come to an agreement. That’s their job.

First, since the media can’t seem to keep the two straight and thinks everything is sequestration, I want to define them. Thanks to the Navy’s Captain’s Call kit, it makes it easy:

Continuing Resolution Defined
The current continuing resolution (CR) went into effect Oct. 1, 2012 when a fiscal year 2013 budget was not passed. The CR limits federal spending to an amount equal to the previous year’s budget amount (fiscal year 2012). On Jan. 2, 2013, the President signed the FY13 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the budget for the Defense Department, but Congress has so far not passed the appropriation bill to fund it, leaving the Navy to continue to operate under the continuing resolution which expires March 27, 2013.

Sequestration Defined
Sequestration is an element of law that requires automatic, across the board, nine percent budget cuts for all federal agencies if Congress cannot agree to legislation that reduces the federal deficit by March 1, 2013.

 

Sequestration and continuing resolution will affect more than just the military. The media isn’t realizing this. Or rather, I’ve just recently heard them talking about it. Millions of education dollars and something like 140 teaching jobs in Washington state alone will be gone if Sequestration happens.

Furloughs aren’t just for DoD civilians (myself included). They are for all federal civilians. FAA, USDA inspectors, border patrol, etc. If Sequestration happens, we may just see longer waits at the airport tarmacs (20% less flight control tower people on duty), higher meat prices (20% less inspections able to be done and no inspections= shutdown of factories until they can get an inspection), border issues, etc.

On top of this, my job is in jeopardy with both CR and Sequestration. I may have to be cut to save money. A 20% pay cut (furlough of one  day a week) would be the welcome effect. And really, it’s more than a 20% pay cut because on furlough days, we don’t accrue personal or sick leave. Over 22 days, that will mean more than a full day each of sick and personal leave that I won’t accrue.

I just wanted to put this out there. I think a lot of people don’t understand how much Sequestration will affect the country. It’s not just the DoD (unlike CR, which is just DoD). This may just send our country back into the spiral that it’s starting to climb out from. Very scary stuff indeed.

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