Monday, October 7, 2013

House Passes Bill to Restore Civilian Chaplain Services to Military Installations

by Bethany Monk: The U.S. House of Representatives voted this weekend to let civilian chaplains — furloughed because of the partial government shutdown — return to military installations. The measure was approved 400-1 Saturday.

"The effect of the furlough of civilian workers due to the partial government shutdown places an extreme hardship on servicemen and women of faith," said Focus on the Family Judicial Analyst Bruce Hausknecht. "Because there aren’t enough chaplains — and in particular, Catholic chaplains — in military service, the federal government hires civilian chaplains to fill the gaps at bases around the world. These civilian chaplains have been furloughed like other civilian employees of the Department of Defense. Some say these furloughed civilian chaplains can’t even show up on base to perform religious services as volunteers without risking arrest."

The House also passed legislation Saturday that would provide back pay for federal workers affected by the shutdown. The Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act was co-sponsored by Virginia Reps. Frank Wolf, a Republican and Jim Morgan, a Democrat. . . . Read More

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