The third week under governmentwide spending cuts known as the sequester brought mixed news for federal workers, who learned that lawmakers had frozen their pay rates for at least six more months while providing funds to help some agencies avoid furloughs.

Congress on Thursday approved a short-term funding plan to keep the government running through September. But the measure denies a 0.5 percent pay raise for federal workers set to take effect next month.

The “continuing resolution” has already brought some relief to civilian defense employees, who escaped furlough notices that were supposed to go out Friday — they’ve been delayed until at least April 5.

Defense officials decided to hold off on the notices while determining whether the legislation provides enough Pentagon funding to avert some of the unpaid leave.

The resolution, which awaits President Obama’s signature, would also halt furloughs for thousands of meat inspectors, according to the Department of Agriculture.

Still, not every part of the government would see relief from the bill, as the measure only devotes funds toward certain agencies to help them avoid sequester impacts.

Around Yellowstone, small communities are raising private donations to help the park open on time for spring visitors. Their money will go toward plowing roads after the park decided to idle its plows for awhile because of the government-wide spending cuts.

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