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More than 1,100 furloughed because of federal government shutdown, state officials say

October 4, 2013

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— More than 1,100 workers have been placed on unpaid furloughs this week because of the federal government shutdown, according to state officials.

A total of 263 federally funded, civilian state employees will be furloughed, the Adjutant General's Department reported today.

That is on top of 772 Kansas National Guardsmen who were placed on furlough earlier in the week.

This figure includes 417 Army National Guard soldiers from across the state, 209 airmen from the 190th Air Refueling Wing in Topeka and 146 airmen at the 184th Intelligence Wing in Wichita.

In addition, 66 unclassified employees at the Kansas Department of Labor have been placed on unpaid leave. Of those, 63 are from the Topeka office, two from Wichita, and one from the Great Bend office.

Labor Department officials said unemployment insurance benefits will continue to be processed, but the monthly unemployment report will be delayed until further notice.

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yourworstnightmare 6 months, 2 weeks ago

The GOP talking points are changing. This is no longer a government shutdown, but a temporary lapse in federal funding. Also, the ACA is rarely mentioned by them anymore. Instead, they vaguely invoke out of control spending.

This change in message makes me think the GOP are trying to soften the impact because they realize that the shutdown is their fault and, more importantly, they realize that the American people realize the shut down is their fault.

Pass the popcorn!

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Liberty275 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I believe it is now time for the executive branch of our government to erect chain link fences where possible around all National Parks to prevent people from breaking the law and entering American National Parks during the shutdown.

While the concrete barriers at the entranceways to our parks have been somewhat effective, I believe fences are required to stop people from breaking the law and using America's National Parks when they are closed.

Additionally, use drones to locate people that have illegally entered National Parks. Find them and put them in jail.

If people want to be heros and push over the barricades or climb the fences, put them in jail. That will take the hero out of them.

It's time for the executive branch of our government to show the American citizens who is in charge.

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OlDan 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Good Grief! It appears that these workers should not have been furloghed in the first place.

The Pay Our Military Act (H.R. 3210) is a bill from the 113th United States Congress that would appropriate funds to pay members of the Armed Forces of the United States in the event that the federal government shut down. The bill was signed into law on September 30, 2013, only hours before the government officially shut down. And guess what...it came from the Republicans in the house.

The bill was interpreted by lawyers from the Defense and Justice Departments to allow nearly all civilian Defense personnel to return to work as well, on the basis that they "contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members."

This includes virtually all DOD employees, yet this admisinstration chose to furlough everyone in spite of the Pay Our Military Act. To make matters worse, the msm has given Chuck Hagel credit for calling the employees back. Just one more example of the msm deceiving low information voters to blame this entirely on the Republicans.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/pentagon-to-recall-most-furloughed-workers-hagel-says/2013/10/05/eb7ed346-2deb-11e3-8ade-a1f23cda135e_story.html

Adding insult to injury, this administration has closed parks that do not receive fedreal funding. Can anyone say lawsuit?

Adding further insult to injury, the Democrat controlled Senate is refusing to consider legislation passed by the house to open certain important and popular programs such as NIH. Check out Harry Reid on this one.

http://www.inquisitr.com/977493/government-shutdown-harry-reid-cnn-reporter-tussle-over-kids-with-cancer-funding-video/

These are the types of things not being reported by the msm.

Now back to that question about "any doubt on who is responsible for the dysfunction in our congress".

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cowboy 6 months, 2 weeks ago

If there is still any doubt on who is responsible for the dysfunction in our congress read this....http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/06/us/a-federal-budget-crisis-months-in-the-planning.html?hp&_r=0

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Larry Moss 6 months, 2 weeks ago

As a matter of fact, the "clean resolution" the Democrats keep asking for would not pass either chamber. Democrats are not happy that an increase spending is not included.

So, I think we are close to an end here. The Republicans have reaffirmed that Obamacare belongs to the Democrats and Democrats are once again on record to be supportive of it. This will play out in 2014 and 16 as more and more American become dissatisfied with it and blame Democrats.

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Centerville 6 months, 2 weeks ago

House has already passed back pay for these people - 407 to 0. Looks like the House Ds are pretty chagrined with their Senate leadership.

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yourworstnightmare 6 months, 2 weeks ago

All because the GOP want to hold the economy hostage by adding ACA defunding, an unrelated issue, to the budget resolution.

Governing by gun to the head. The new GOP legislative strategy.

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Shelley Bock 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Just remember that this is the Republican jobs program, their #1 priority,

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