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Sens. Johanns and Fischer Cosponsor Amendment to Protect “Essential” Federal Jobs

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U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer Wednesday cosponsored an amendment to ensure that "essential" federal employees would be able to continue providing certain services that face being cut due to budget issues.

"I support replacing across-the-board reductions with smarter spending cuts that target wasteful, low-priority programs – it's a matter of setting priorities," said Fischer. "This important amendment will provide executive agencies with increased flexibility to make necessary spending cuts while also ensuring the federal government can continue to meet its core duties."

Johanns added, "This legislation simply gives agency and department heads the flexibility the President asked for so there is no excuse for essential services to be the first things on the chopping block."

According to Johanns, this amendment would apply identical language used during occurrences of inclement weather or other government shutdowns to the sequestration spending reductions at each agency.

This is the same language used in guidance from the Clinton Administration in preparation for the 1995 government shutdown defining essential employees as, "an employee that performs work involving the safety of human life or the protection of property, as determined by the head of the agency."

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