The U.S. Department of Labor said Monday that federal contractors do not have to warn their employees about potential layoffs from across-the-board budget cuts that could begin on Jan. 2. Those cuts, known as sequestration, would begin next year unless Congress reaches a different budget deal. U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, who opposes the cuts, expressed his anger over the Labor Department’s statement on Fox News Wednesday morning as he offered a programming suggestion for the network.
“How about doing an hour show on sequestration?” he said, “Tell the public what happens to the finest military in the history of the world if we let this begin in January. Their Department of Labor reasoning makes no sense legally. I think it’s politically motivated. You can’t exempt personnel from this because if you do that, you have nothing to fight with.”
Under the Budget Control Act of 2011, “sequestration” is the automatic spending cuts triggered if Congress approves spending levels that exceed certain those budget ‘caps’ set out by the Act. The automatic reductions would include approximately $1.1 trillion in cuts to Department of Defense (DoD) and non-DoD program expenditures over the next ten years.