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White House Aides to Begin Furloughs May 1

All White House officials will be subject to furloughs beginning with the May 1st pay period, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today.

“Everyone in the White House office will be affected,” Carney said.

But he suggested that senior officials might have it worse. According to Carney, so-called “commissioned officers,” including him, are not permitted to take leave and will therefore receive a dock in pay while continuing to work. Others will be told to take unpaid leave.

Carney said he was not sure how much of a pay cut or unpaid leave officials would be required to take.

24 thoughts on “White House Aides to Begin Furloughs May 1”

  1. Awww. Poor babies.
    OK, now let’s talk about the other 25million Americans who haven’t been able to find a job or full-time employment in the last five years.

  2. Is any agency (CBO perhaps?) chartered with a responsibility to measure the Sequester and publish what actual savings have come from it? I realize Big Sis cancelling her bagpipe order would be lost in the rounding but I’m curious to see if they plan to measure the real $$$. That is assuming that they CAN measure any financial accurately!

    1. About that … are you proposing something like when Joe Biden was charged with accountability for the Stimulus? That kind of precise tracking and reporting?

      1. LMAO No, I was hoping for someone who’s numbers added up and made sense. I apologize for thinking that might be possible with our government, Grace!

  3. Crap! I was hoping Obama’s inner circle, including Der Furher himself, would have to take a day off. It would be a good day from America…but then I though these morons haven’t really worked for 4+ yrs. I’d say they work a solid 15 mins per week and that alone has brought this country to its knees.

  4. Ha, fibber Magee. Having worked for Uncle Sam through more than one government furlough, I’m not going to shed any tears for Preezy’s fanbois. I also had to work during government shutdowns without getting paid…technically. Once the furloughs were lifted everybody got their back pay restored, even those who were on unpaid leave. That used to really tick me off that I had to work while most of my associates got a free vacation.

    Don’t buy the sympathy schtick the Carney barker is trying to sell.

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  6. If they are “furloughed” and come back do they receive back pay?

    Do Jay and all the other senior “essential” personnel receive back pay that was docked?

    When the others are “furloughed” can they seek temporary employment elsewhere and if so, can that elsewhere be in the federal government, management consulting firms, etc.

    I don’t have a lot of faith in this particular furlough.

  7. Everyone? Everyone in the White House will be affected? Does that mean that the president himself will be furloughed? The cabinet? The czars? We should be so lucky!

    1. About those czars — anybody remember how many of them we have, who they are, where they are, what they are doing — besides collecting a paycheck from us?

  8. How can the budget have gone up some much in the last couple of years – and we never had to furlough before? Did we hire that many more people in the last 24 months? We are in trouble…

  9. I take back what I said about Obama’s taxes–he has not jacked his totals up with weird book sales—$600K something–but he only paid effective 18%. Mitt Romney, call your service…

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