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VOA常速英语新闻:美国减赤措施影响国防项目承包商(双语)

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Davis Interiors是位于弗吉尼亚州诺福克的一家小公司,专为美国海军船舰制造专门的器具及装置。负责人Whitney Metzger说该公司已经受到减赤的影响。
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Davis Interiors is a small company in Norfolk, Virginia that makes specialized furniture and fixtures for U.S. navy ships. Administrator Whitney Metzger says the firm is already feeling the impact of sequestration.
Davis Interiors是位于弗吉尼亚州诺福克的一家小公司,专为美国海军船舰制造专门的器具及装置。负责人Whitney Metzger说该公司已经受到减赤的影响。

“We have had to cut back on employee hours. Almost everyone in this company has had to go down to a four-day work week. Some employees have had to go down to a three-day work week. We are anticipating lay-offs, probably soon,” said Whitney.
“我们只得削减员工的工时,公司几乎每个人每周的工作时间减少为四天。有的员工一周只能工作三天,我们估计很快就要减员。”

Davis Interiors is one of the many private contractors in Eastern Virginia that service the nation’s largest naval base and other military installations. All together, they employ more than 40,000 people.
Davis Interiors是弗吉尼亚州东部为该国最大的海军基地和其他军事设施提供服务的众多私营军事承包商之一。这些公司总共雇用了4万多员工。

The Defense Department’s plan to furlough almost 90,000 employees has not yet impacted the regional economy. But the cancellation of maintenance contracts for 11 ships based in Norfolk is already causing pain to contractors like Davis Interiors.
国防部削减近9万名员工的计划尚未影响到地方经济,但取消基地在诺福克的11艘船只的维护协议已经令Davis Interiors这样的承包商尝到了苦头。

 词汇解释

1.sequestration n. 隔离;扣押;退隐

His property has been kept under sequestration.
他的财产被没收。

2.furlough vt. 准假;暂时解雇

The factories have begun furloughing hundreds of workers.
这些工厂已经开始让数百名工人暂时下岗。

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