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Farenthold: Amendment Will Exempt Civilian Employees from Furloughs

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

If Corpus Christi Congressman Blake Farenthold has his way, the government will lose its authority to impose furloughs on civilian government employees.

That includes those working at the Corpus Christi Army Depot during the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

"Well, we passed an amendment last night to the Military Appropriations Bill that basically defunded implementation of sequester for the fiscal year 2014," Farenthold said.

Farenthold, a member of the Armed Services Committee, spoke on the House floor Tuesday night, urging that the amendment be passed as part of the Defense Appropriation measure. He said CCAD employees are actually paid through funds that CCAD's customers provide, and therefore should not have been a part of the sequester in the first place.

He also said the military will be able to operate much more efficiently.

"The military will have much more flexibility in how they spend their money, without furloughing money-making employees like we have at CCAD," Farenthold said.

The congressman expects the full House to pass the amendment Wednesday night, but it is uncertain at this point whether the Senate will go along with it, or whether President Obama will sign it.