No sequester furloughs for NRC staff

Chairman Allison Macfarlane's remarks came during testimony ahead of a hearing before a pair of House Energy and Commerce subcommittees.

"We do not foresee any furloughs or layoffs," Macfarlane said under questioning.

Barring eleventh-hour action by Congress to stop them, government-wide spending cuts totaling $85 billion would hit at midnight Thursday night. Administration officials have warned the sequester cuts could trigger more than a million federal employee furloughs.