About 53K Colo. fed workers could be furloughed

DENVER — Federal workers in Colorado could be furloughed if lawmakers in Washington can’t reach a budget agreement.

The Denver Post reported today that more than 53,000 federal employees in the state could be affected. Federal officials still aren’t sure which employees would be deemed essential and would have to report to work even if there is a government shutdown.

Members of the military would be expected to continue to work without pay. Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn says lawmakers need to make sure they get paid so that service members don’t have to worry about their families back home.

Sen. Mark Udall, meanwhile, wrote to Republican House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday urging him to avoid a shutdown, saying it could hamper the economic recovery. It was signed by 15 moderate Democrats, including Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet.


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