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Government shutdown affects Fort Hood civilian workforce


The most visible impact of the government shutdown will include furloughs for some of the Fort Hood civilian work force.

It's been 17 years since the government faced a partial shutdown because congress couldn't agree on a spending bill.

Much has changed since then, leaving a lot of people confused as to who would be showing up to work tomorrow and who would not.

If congress and the president cannot agree on a spending bill by midnight Monday, around 19-hundred civilian employees and contractors would be temporarily furloughed, according to the union.

To be more specific, it will affect those in commissary, personnel services, building and housing maintenance calls, and survivor out reach services, just to name a few.

The scary part for workers is not knowing what will happen.

"Employees are just on pins and needles trying to see how this thing is going to go but we as federal employees we do not want, do not need, do not want to ever had a government shut down because we want to come to work and do our jobs," said Walter Greenly Jr., legislative political organizer for the AFGE.

People who would be able to show up to work tomorrow are employees that are performing life, health and safety functions on post, as well as preparing soldiers for deployment and redeployment, according to Fort Hood officials.

Carl R. Darnall army medical center says clinics will remain open and appointments will not be canceled.

The union told me they don't expect the shutdown to last more than three days.  

Fort Hood says people should monitor the III Corps Facebook page, web site and for the latest information.

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