The Pentagon warned 1.3 million U.S. troops and 742,000 workers they could be forced to work without pay or furloughed in less than one week if Congress doesn’t pass a budget.
Lawmakers have six days until the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30 to come up with a stopgap measure to fund the government. If not, federal government offices will close. The military must still report to work, but their paychecks will be withheld until the government reopens.
Work said Pentagon officials have reviewed personnel records to decide who has to work and and who would be forced to stay home. It’s a familiar position for Defense Department workers who lived through the last shutdown, in 2013.
“[W]e have made necessary updates to our determinations of civilian employees who would continue to report to work in the event of a lapse in funding, and civilian employees who would be placed on furlough,” Work wrote.
The looming shutdown is the latest is what has been an ongoing battle between the administration and Congress for much of Obama’s presidency. The Budget Control Act of 2011 capped defense spending from increases for a 10-year period. Pentagon officials say the spending limits are too restrictive.
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