No one is exactly sure what will happen if Congress and the White House fail to raise the debt ceiling by August 2nd, but it might look something like the furloughs at the Federal Aviation Administration. On Saturday, the agency was forced to furlough 4,000 employees until further notice. As the Washington Post reports, federal employees are often on the front line in the event of a crisis.
Federal employees commonly are among the first to feel the effects when federal agencies, for whatever reason, fall short on available spending money. In the case of the FAA, the issue was the failure of Congress and the White House to reauthorize certain agency operations.
It’s unclear whether federal agencies would be subject to mass furloughs if leaders do not resolve the debt crisis by the fast-approaching August deadline. While some agencies are self-funded and would be able to continue operating, the White House has yet to issue any guidance on what might happen at other agencies.
Do you think federal workers should start preparing themselves for furloughs?
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