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The website published a number of stories today touching on the possible ramifications of a shutdown of the U.S. Federal government.
One article featured remarks by DoD Comptroller Robert Hale on the affect the shutdown could have on the military and another focused on comments made by Senator Tim Kaine.
Kaine said that in the event of a shutdown, military personnel will continue to receive paychecks.
He predicted this because the Senate is considering legislation to do just that and it is likely it will pass the body easily.
“In all likelihood we will, we think it’s insufficient, it doesn’t cover the Department of Veterans Affairs and other important workers, but I don’t suspect it will be too controversial,” said Kaine.
He added the upper chamber intends to reject a House-approved government funding measure that seeks to delay the healthcare reform.
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Hale said the DoD will have to furlough half of its 800,000 civillian workers in the event of a government shutdown.
“The law says that in the event of a lapse of appropriations, DOD can only conduct activities designed to protect safety of life and property and carry out a few other activities,” Hale said.
“We can also maintain emergency services, police, fire, emergency medical. We label the activities that can continue as excepted activities,” he added.
He added that uniformed military and contractor personnel will continue on in their roles despite the shutdown.
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