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Report: Robert Work Memo Cautions of Gov’t Shutdown

Robert Work
Robert Work

Defense Deputy Secretary Bob Work has cautioned the ongoing budget crisis in Congress could result in a government-wide shutdown this week, Military Times reported Friday.

Andrew Tilghman writes Work informed soldiers and Defense Department civilians in a memo what happens in a shutdown if lawmakers failed to agree on a budget proposal before the Oct. 1 deadline.

“The uncertainty of the current circumstances puts our workforce in a difficult situation, and should a government shutdown occur, it could impose hardships on many employees as well as the people we serve every day,” Work said in the memo.

“During a government shutdown, all military personnel would continue in a normal duty status; however, they would not be paid until Congress provides funding,” Work said.

Military paychecks scheduled for Oct. 1 would be unaffected by a government shutdown, according to Military Times.

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