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No furloughs for civilian employees in 2014, if bill passes

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 11:46pm

The U.S. House may pass their version of the 2014 defense budget as soon as Friday, but Congressman Beto O'Rourke's amendment to put civilian furloughs at bay next year has already received their approval.

The amendment passed Tuesday night and would affect 11,000 employees at Fort Bliss who are currently facing a 20 percent pay cut due to the furloughs.

The passing of the amendment bodes well for the Defense Appropriations bill to pass Friday, said O'Rourke.

"As an example of why I'm optimistic about it, our amendment was co-sponsored by two republicans and two democrats, so it seems as though there is strong bipartisan support," he said.

House members have considered hundreds of amendments to the bill, including one that would have prevented the National Security Agency from collecting phone data from citizens for no reason.

The House voted against passing that amendment.


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