By Tracy Clemons
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (KSDK) - As Congress works to avoid a government shutdown, workers at Scott Air Force Base are bracing for the worst.
Most of the base's more than 5,000 civilian employees will be affected. A base spokesman says if there's no deal, they'll be furloughed without pay, and they won't get back pay unless Congress specifically approves it.
Military and exempted civilian employees would still report, but with no pay until it's appropriated, and then they'll get back pay.
If Congress works past the deadline, furloughs will start October 1.
NewsChannel 5 spoke with several people who say they're frustrated that it's gotten to this point.
"No one wants to be off work another time. We've already been furloughed once," said Sherry Knaub. "We like our jobs and we like to do a good job for the citizens of the United States and it interrupts the flow of work."
Base leadership said it will ensure their missions continue as best it can by working to minimize the impact of the lack of funding as much as possible.