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Pentagon reduces civilian furlough days from 22 to 14

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Pay cuts are looming for those who work with the military in our area. But now the Pentagon says the cuts won't be as drastic as originally thought.

Several months ago, the Department of Defense notified thousands of civilian employees, including those at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, that they could be furloughed once a week for 22 weeks. It's all part of a series of federal automatic spending cuts that kicked in March 1, called sequestration.

But Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced Thursday the military will reduce the number of furlough days from 22 to 14. The furloughs have also been pushed back from April to June.

President Obama signed a continuing resolution earlier this week, freeing up $10 billion for the Pentagon's budget, allowing the military more flexibility on where to make cuts.

Civilian employees at Cherry Point welcomed the announcement, but they say it would be better if there were no furloughs at all.

"It worries me a lot. It's a single income household, so it's a big chunk of money out of my pocket that I really need," said Curtis George, who has worked as a marine machinery mechanic at Cherry Point for the last eight years.

George says he would lose four hundred dollars a month if he gets furloughed.

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