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Redstone Arsenal quiet on government shutdown impacts

When the government shut down in 2013 thousands of workers on Redstone Arsenal were furloughed.

Posted: Dec 20, 2017 6:42 PM
Updated: Dec 20, 2017 6:45 PM

Now that congress has passed the tax bill, attention on Capitol Hill is turning to the funding bill that needs to pass by midnight Friday or else the United States Government will shut down.

How could that affect Redstone Arsenal?

More than 35,000 people work on Redstone.

That includes roughly 1,000 active duty military, just under 20,000 government civilians, and 15,000 government contractors.

The Army Garrison at Redstone Arsenal told WAAY 31 they will not speculate on what may, or may not happen if the government shuts down, but they said their goal is to make sure all critical operations relating to safety and security will continue.

Back in 2013 when the government shut down for 16 days nearly 800,000 federal workers were furloughed across the country. That included thousands on post at Redstone.

On day five of that shutdown the government decided to give retroactive pay to all those people.

WAAY 31 talked with a Vietnam veteran who remembers the 2013 shutdown and doesn't want to see another one.

"I don't think the general public quite understands all of it. We don't ever understand government do we? We understand that they need to do their job and get it done and make decisions and quit playing around," said Walter Schor.

WAAY 31 also contacted the Marshall Space and Flight Center about the prospect of a government shutdown.

They forwarded us to the Office of Management and Budget in Washington D.C.

We haven't heard back from the OMB.

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