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Government Shutdown Furloughs Thousands of Wright-Patt Workers
MIAMI VALLEY -- The government has been shut down for the first time in 17 years.
Congress missed its midnight deadline to reach a deal on the budget, that means lawmakers in the House and the Senate failed to agree on a spending bill to fund the government.
House Republicans are now pushing for a meeting to work out a deal to change the Affordable Care law and fund the government for six weeks.
Meanwhile, here at home, this historic shutdown means mandatory furloughs for 8,700 employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Workers will not get a paycheck if Congress can't come up with an agreement soon. Only about 3,200 essential employees are protected.
Tuesday morning, all employees will have to report to work. Those employees who will be furloughed will receive their letter directly from their supervisor. They will have time to collect their things and finish up some things around the office, but then they will have to go home. And, they will not be paid until Congress comes to a resolution.
The Air Base Wing Commander says about $5 million per day will be lost in wages in the Miami Valley. She also says that also hits hard since the base just recently had to make several cuts.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force has closed, canceling all tours and other events. The museum has some 1 million visitors a year and is a popular place for military reunions. A spokeswoman has said that all but three security staff members of 95 museum employees would be furloughed.
Other impacts of the shutdown will include closed national parks, delays in government-backed mortgages and trimmed congressional staffs.
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