House of Representatives Votes to Halt Defense Civilian Furloughs in 2014 - July 24, 2013
By Kellie Lunney, Government Executive
House lawmakers voted late Tuesday to ban the Defense Department from furloughing civilian employees in fiscal 2014.
During a series of votes that extended into early Wednesday morning, the chamber approved two bipartisan amendments to the fiscal 2014 Defense spending bill prohibiting the department from using any budget funds to impose unpaid leave on civilian workers. One of the measures would apply to all civilian Defense workers subject to unpaid leave; the other would protect employees paid out of working capital funds.
“This vote shows there is overwhelming support in the House to halt civilian defense furloughs,” said Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., who co-sponsored the measure to prohibit furloughs of all civilian Defense employees in fiscal 2014. “This amendment is a first step toward restoring sanity to the Defense budget and restoring pay to our nation's civilian defense workers.”