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House FY 2014 Defense Spending Bill Seeks to Stop Furloughs

Capitol_BuildingThe House voted 315-109 Wednesday to approve a $595 billion spending bill for the Defense Department that includes language aimed at preventing furloughs of the Pentagon’s civilian workers, The Hill newspaper reported Wednesday.

Pete Kasperowicz writes Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) proposed the amendment to bar the Pentagon from placing its employees on unpaid leave during fiscal year 2014.

Pentagon workers have been subject to furloughs during the current fiscal year as a result of sequestration cuts.

Lawmakers also approved an amendment from Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) to cut $1 billion from the Afghanistan Security Forces fund and let the Pentagon use that money to manage the sequester, Kasperowicz reports.

The bill includes $512.5 billion in base funds and $82.3 billion for war operations, according to the report.

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