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Furloughs hit Fort Drum

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Rep. Bill Owens Rep. Bill Owens

Budget cuts have forced the Pentagon to furlough nearly 700,000 civilian military employees for 11 days this summer. That includes more than 5,000 who work at Fort Drum in northern New York.

But it could have been worse. Initially it looked like they'd be facing 22 unpaid days off. Congressman Bill Owens says even the 11 days could have been avoided if there was compromise in Washington.

"Clearly this whole sequestration thing should have been resolved and could have been resolved but people don't have the where with all to figure it out," said Owens, D-New York.

The furloughs begin in July and last through September.

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