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Funds Requested to Ward Off Furloughs
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on May 01, 2013 @ 6:59PM
Created on May 01, 2013 @ 5:45PM
 
As many of you the know, the sequester has caused a lot of spending cuts which has affected peoples' jobs. But Senator Jay Rockefeller announced that the U.S. Senate and the House have approved the request to get more funding for the Department of Justice.
 
The main reason people here in West Virginia want this extra funding is to put a stop to the excessive job loss. Not all businesses have to lay off people, but it does affect them in other ways like by not being able to hire more people they may need or by cutting back on training.  

The funding request is for $313,000,000 to ward off the furloughs, or job cuts, of almost 60,000 employees nationwide. One area that the DOJ oversees is the FBI Criminal Justice Information Systems in Clarksburg. This would just be a temporary solution until the end of the fiscal year, September of 2013. That means if congress doesn't act to end the sequester, for 2014 there will just be even more cuts. The President of the Harrison County Commission told 5 News he thinks congress just needs to get things in order.

"I think congress needs to fix themselves. They have all these perks and benefits and it's like the own the government. They forget that the government is owned by the people and not by the elected officials. And I think sometimes we forget that and we think that's a career and it belongs to us. It doesn't belong to us, it belongs to we the people," said Ron Watson, Harrison County Commission President.
 
One man told me the government needs to just start over and fix everything. He used a pretty interesting analogy. He said, "when you're making a cake and you start using the wrong ingredients and things just start to fall apart, what do you do? You have to say, alright this isn't working let's fix this or find another approach."
 
Another man, who's actually a federal employee, said he's been waiting to get a letter saying he was going to have to work less hours, but he hasn't yet. Frankly, the only place he knows that's done that is the bureau prison. After he heard about the potential funding he started wondering if that was the reason the cuts have been delayed.

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