Furloughed civilians return to work
After nearly a week of being sent home without pay because of the federal shutdown, U.S. Defense Department civilians who work at Naval Station Newport and the Rhode Island National Guard were sent back to work Monday.
“That is good news,” Jamestown resident and U.S. Sen. Jack Reed said. “However, this shutdown has been tremendously disruptive and these men and women should not have been furloughed in the first place. The work these folks do is very important to helping our military and ultimately strengthens our national security. So this is a positive step. Now we need to get our government up and running again so every single Rhode Islander can be brought back on the job. I will continue working to restore our government. The American people deserve a government that works for them and to have access to all of the critical benefits and services our federal government provides.”