Posted at: 10/01/2013 10:49 PM
By: Steph Crock
Some Military Personnel Furloughed by Shutdown
(ABC 6 News) -- Members of the National Guard will feel a direct effect from the shutdown.
Monday night, Congress did agree on something. A bill President Obama signed minutes before the Federal Government shutdown.
That bill authorizes paychecks for troops and some Defense Department workers. Some specifics of that legislation are still being worked out, but not everyone in the Defense Department will be protected. For example, as we learned Tuesday, roughly 1,200 technicians who support activities just in the Minnesota National Guard are being furloughed. Those being sidelined are among the 2,100 full-time military support personnel at the guard.
Still, those we spoke with say that last minute bill is better than nothing. "Well for the military I think it is, at least they'll get paid, but I feel bad for all of the other government employees. I think they should all get paid because they're all doing something to help the country along somehow," said veteran Frank Chiarin.
The bill also protects pay checks of Pentagon contractors.