Workers at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard will feel the effects of sequester firsthand, in the form of mandatory furloughs and lost income.
That's because sequestration includes $4.6 billion in across-the-board navy cuts.
In Bremerton, commanders at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard have told workers to plan for one furlough day a week from April 16th through the end of September.
Representative Derek Kilmer says that's why he felt compelled to spend Friday morning at the shipyard gates, greeting workers as they arrived.
I think there's a frustration that because Congress can't get its act together, it's gonna have impact on our economy. I share that concern, Kilmer said.
The 6th District, newly-elected congressman says he's heard some estimates that the sequester cuts will cost this country about two million jobs.
In Bremerton, he recognizes lost income at the shipyard will have a huge trickle-down effect on the local economy. If shipyard workers are hurting, other local businesses will be as well.
And I hope that is a big enough wake-up call to Congress to get its act together, he said.
Sequestration would also cancel aircraft carrier depot maintenance at Whidbey Island, which is a demolition project in Bremerton.
Strategically, delaying or canceling the maintenance of these aircraft will have an impact on the Navy and Marine Corps' ability to project power to the Pacific Command and Central Command military theaters, a report from U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, a Second District Democrat said.
Larsen, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said he didn't know if that could mean delayed arrival of the aircraft. But he said he s confident the base will remain in Oak Harbor.
I do not have any concerns about the long-term viability of the NAS Whidbey Island, Larsen said.
Kilmer says workers he spoke with on Friday morning were worried and apprehensive. About 13,000 of them in Kitsap County alone would face those furloughs if the sequester cuts go through.
At Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, an estimated 1,200 civilian workers will be subject to furloughs, officials say. Twelve workers at Navy Whidbey Recycle would lose an estimated $800 per month in wages, according to a press release from the Naval Air Station.
They aren't happy about it, said Paul Brewer, manager of the recycling facility.
In a statement emailed to the Whidbey New-Times, base commander Capt. Mike Nortier addressed how the base would manage the potential loss of civil servants who could choose to seek work elsewhere.
We have not actively surveyed our workforce on their future employment decisions, nor will we speculate on those personal decisions, he said.