'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Hundreds of Pentagon-related employers large and small are preparing to lay off thousands of employees as Congress takes a recess this week, so far unable to agree on how to undo automatic military spending cuts set to begin March 1.
Republicans on Tuesday accused the White House of trying to "intimidate" defense companies into keeping silent about major job losses if automatic military spending cuts take effect early next year, after the administration said Monday that it would be "inappropriate" for employers to warn workers of layoffs.
U.S. Senate candidate George Allen donned a state-of-the-art, heat-activated cooling vest and made his way around the offices of a small defense contractor in Northern Virginia on Tuesday, highlighting an example of a business already being impacted by looming federal defense cuts that have fast become a political flashpoint.
"The biggest killer for us last year was the uncertainty," Mr. Kapoor said. "Even if there's an eleventh-hour deal made [on sequestration], it's probably going to kick the can down the road."
Amit Kapoor, president of the company, said it likely will lose employees if the cuts take effect — though he said the company is small enough to be exempt from the Warn Act, so it won't send out notices.