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Lawmaker proposes two weeks unpaid leave for most feds

Jan. 13, 2011 - 12:33PM   |  
By STEPHEN LOSEY   |   Comments
Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., introduced a bill that would require most federal employees to take two weeks of unpaid leave in fiscal 2012. (Rep. Mike Coffman)

Most federal employees would have to take two weeks of unpaid leave in fiscal 2012 under a bill introduced Jan. 12 by Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo.

HR 270 would require civilian federal employees to take their furlough days nonconsecutively. For example, they would take one unpaid day of leave each week until they had fulfilled their furlough requirement, Coffman spokesman Joe Megyesy said.

Megyesy said national security, law enforcement and public health and safety employees would not be furloughed.

The bill would also cut lawmakers' pay by 10 percent and cut appropriations for legislative branch staffers' salaries and expenses in fiscal 2012.

Coffman introduced a similar bill last year, but it died in committee.

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