Government Shutdown May Affect Thousands at Scott Air Force Base
MASCOUTAH, IL (AP) - Prospects of a federal government shutdown could affect thousands of workers at Scott Air Force Base in southwestern Illinois.
Spokeswoman Karen Petitt says the threatened partial shutdown that could begin after midnight Monday may mean two-thirds of the base's 5,000 civilian workers could be furloughed. They wouldn't receive pay as long as the shutdown persists.
The remaining one-third of the civilian employees on the 13,000-worker base would be exempt. They draw their salaries and operational funds from sources unrelated to the shutdown.
The air base about 25 miles east of St. Louis serves as a global mobility and transportation hub for the Defense Department. Petitt says that effort largely will press on during any shutdown.
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