Updated: Thursday, 21 Mar 2013, 1:37 PM MDT
Published : Thursday, 21 Mar 2013, 7:25 AM MDT
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Kirtland Air Force Base is putting the brakes on its plan to send furlough notices Friday to thousands of civilian employees at the Albuquerque base.
Base officials had said approximately 2,100 Kirtland workers would start getting notices that they'll face unpaid time off from work.
However, that changed Thursday when the Defense Department announced that it has decided to delay furlough notices for approximately two weeks.
The Pentagon's announcement said the delay will allow the department to carefully analyze the impact of budget legislation pending in Congress.
Automatic budget cuts took March 1 because of the so-called "sequestration" approved last year by Congress and President Barack Obama.