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Fort Gordon Civilians Face Furloughs Today

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Civilian employees at Fort Gordon are reporting to the post Tuesday but for many of them, their work day will be cut short.

Fort Gordon's Chief of Public Affairs, J.C. Mathews says as a result of a federal government shutdown at midnight, all non-excepted civilian employees will receive furlough notices today and will not be paid for the time off.

Federal workers will have about four hours Tuesday to get their offices in order and then they will be sent home.

Those considered "excepted" civilian workers at Fort Gordon will not be furloughed.  People who work in public safety, the Fort Gordon Fire Department and those who guard the gates will remain on the job.

While Mr. Mathews could not give an exact number of employees who will be affected by the furlough, he did say it includes "a significant percentage of the civilian workforce".

Some contract workers at Fort Gordon also will continue to work since their contracts are paid beyond the fiscal year.

U.S. military personnel will not be affected by the government shutdown.
President Obama said Monday night that those in uniform will remain on normal duty status.  The President signed into law Monday night legislation to make sure members of the military get their paychecks on time.

Majority Leader Harry Reid says when the Senate convenes this morning it will once again reject a stop gap measure that includes a House Republican effort to change the health care law.

A small number of Republicans in the House want to delay funding for the Affordable Care Act. A major portion of that law goes into effect today when health insurance exchanges open in all 50 states.

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