Democrats have countered that the Defense Department can transfer funds from elsewhere to meet payroll needs.
"We are absolutely convinced, CRS is convinced that there is no necessity to furlough federal employees," said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). "Nor will there be any necessity to shut down or close programs. In fact we believe there’s more than enough money to operate the Defense Department for the end of this quarter…and well into next quarter."
Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and other congressional Democrats will hold a press conference this afternoon to publicize the CRS findings.