Labor groups seek support for furlough-related amendments


Organized labor is urging a congressional committee to allow House members to vote on two amendments dealing with federal employee furlough policy when they take up a fiscal 2014 defense spending bill.

One of the amendments would “register a vote of no confidence” in the Defense Department’s use of furloughs; the other would stop furloughs of DoD employees paid through working capital funds, according to a letter this week from William Samuel, head of the AFL-CIO’s government affairs department.

The letter was addressed to leaders of the House Rules Committee, which acts as gatekeeper in deciding which amendments House members can consider when the defense bill comes up for floor debate. The committee was supposed to make that call yesterday, but the decision will now probably come next week. Also weighing in on behalf of the working capital fund amendment (offered by Reps. Tom Cole, R-Okla., and Derek Kilmer, D-Wash.) is the National Federation of Federal Employees.



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