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Arsenal employees react to bill that would stop furloughs

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The appropriations bill could restore money to the Department of Defense. The appropriations bill could restore money to the Department of Defense.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

It's been a little more than two weeks since the furloughs went into effect for Redstone Arsenal employees. Now relief could be on the way. The House of Representatives passed the Department of Defense Appropriations Act Wednesday. It's a bill that could end furloughs for civilian defense workers.

That's news that arsenal employees like Tia Haslett are excited to hear.

"It does make me feel really good and optimistic," she said. "Either way I am optimistic because it is out of my hands. However, it does brighten the scope a bit to see that hey, something could be done with the furloughs a little bit sooner."

Now that the House has passed the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, it now goes to the Senate. If the Senate passes the bill without making any changes, it will restore money to the department of defense and end civilian defense furloughs.

'I think there is definitely some hope," said Ray Wesley, he also works on the arsenal. "It would be nice to see some raises again for those that are on the GS pay scale. Especially those who are on the lower end of the pay scale."

More than 15 thousand Redstone Arsenal employees are forced to go one day without pay. AFGE President, Abner Merriweather said that since the cuts went in effect July 8th, moral has been low.

"Everyone was a little intense," he said. "They are still trying to make ends meet. It's definitely a critical time."

Merriweather said the bills proposal is a critical win. He hopes that the senate will make the right decision.

"It took both republicans and democrats coming together and I do believe that if they come together to fight this bill, I believe they can come together to solve the budget cuts," he said.

If this bill is passed it would go into effect in October.

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