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Jul 24, 2013 6:23 PM

Rep. Farenthold Argues CCAD Employees Should be Exempt from Furloughs

CORPUS CHRISTI - During the debate on the 2014 Defense Appropriations bill, Republican Congressman Blake Farenthold spoke on the House floor last night against the furloughs for Corpus Christi Army Depot employees.

He's in support of an amendment that would exempt depot employees from any further furloughs. They face 11 total days without pay this year as a result of the sequestration fight between President Obama and Congress.

Union officials say the days off mean the average employee is missing out on $2,500.

Supporters of CCAD argue the facility makes money for the Army and shouldn't face cuts.

Rep. Farenthold told the House, "I represent the Corpus Christi Army Depot where the civilian employees are not funded by appropriations, but by the work that they do. Yet they are equally subjected to furloughs when they could be saving the government money by rebuilding helicopters for less than the original equipment manufacturers."

As we reported earlier this month, CCAD employees thought they were going to be able to join a work program that offers about ten percent of whatever pay they would miss on their furloughed day.

But they were told the Army decided not to join the program, leaving employees frustrated.

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