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No Furloughs For Arlington National Cemetery

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Staffing at the Arlington National Cemetery will not be affected by sequester cuts, at least right away.
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Staffing at the Arlington National Cemetery will not be affected by sequester cuts, at least right away.

Arlington National Cemetery officials say they will avoid furloughs this year that are being imposed in other parts of government as a result of automatic budget cuts.

The cemetery's budget has been cut by 5 percent. But the director of the Army National Military Cemeteries, who spoke at a congressional hearing, says the cemetery will get by without furloughs by using money that was recovered from previous years' budgets.

Arlington National Cemetery is run by the Army.

Cemetery officials had estimated that furloughs would have resulted in 160 fewer funerals a month being conducted.

The inability to pass a budget is affecting the cemetery, though. The president's proposed budget would have provided more than $100 million to fund expansion projects at Arlington.

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