House Approves Bill to Stop Pentagon Civilian Furloughs

The House on Tuesday approved two amendments to the fiscal year 2014 defense authorization bill that would ban the Pentagon from furloughing civilian workers for that fiscal year, GovExec reports.

Kellie Lunney writes one amendment applies to civilian defense workers placed on unpaid leave and the other amendment covers employees falling under working capital funds.

House lawmakers began debating the spending bill Tuesday afternoon and added more than 100 amendments, with a final vote set to come down Wednesday, according to the report.

One rejected amendment came from Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., who proposed language that would ban the Pentagon from using funds to plan or implement a new Base Realignment and Closure round.

The House's version of the defense bill would increase military pay by 1.8 percent next year, according to GovExec.

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