House bill bans 'Working Capital Fund' furloughs

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House bill bans 'Working Capital Fund' furloughs

Washington, DC - 7/26/2013

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By Dick Myers

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill that would prohibit the Working Capital Fund (WCF) from being furloughed in Fiscal Year 2014 budget.

According to John Bohanan, Rep. Steny Hoyer’s defense advisor, “Over 7 thousand of Pax/Webster employees are Working Capital Fund employees so they would benefit if this provision is also included in the Senate's version of the DoD Appropriations bill.”

Bohanan said, “This doesn't impact the '13 furloughs, but it is a clear step in the right policy direction.” The amendment passed the House on Wednesday evening.

Hoyer issued the followed statement on furloughs:  “I strongly support ending furloughs for civilian defense workers at Pax River, Webster Field and Indian Head, as well as addressing other adverse effects caused by sequestration, such as children being kicked out of Head Start and seniors losing nutrition assistance through the Meals on Wheels program. I continue to advocate for replacing the entire sequester with a responsible, balanced deficit reduction plan and I urge my colleagues to work together to achieve a bipartisan solution.”

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