In the past few days the U-S Senate and House approved and the president signed a bill into law that military members and civilians working on military bases would be paid in event of a government shutdown and there would be no furloughs. However thousands of civilians working at Offutt Air Force Base near Bellevue were furloughed and will see no paycheck.
Nebraska 2nd District Congressman Lee Terry says on Monday President Obama signed the “Pay Our Military Act”. He says this was to insure that members of the military and DOD civilians that provided support services would receive pay in the event of a government shutdown. He says there appears to be some flexibility in that law and he is calling on Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to get these people back to work.
Apparently there is confusion over the terms “support services” and which worker is classified as essential. At last report Secretary Hagel and other defense officials are looking at ways to get more civilians back to work.