More than half of the 1,300 civilian workers at the Navy’s submarine base in Groton have been furloughed because of the federal government shutdown, which has hit the southeastern part of the state especially hard.
Operations at the base are continuing as planned, but the effects of the furloughs are not going unnoticed. At the nearby U.S. Coast Guard Academy, more than 80 employees have been furloughed, and at the Connecticut National Guard, 540 civilian technicians were ordered off the job.
As day two of the government shutdown begins, military officials say they are hoping for a quick resolution so employees can return to work.
The shutdown began Tuesday after Congress failed to pass a budget. Republicans in the House of Representatives passed a budget bill but included a provision to delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The Democratic-controlled Senate voted that budget bill down because of the provision to delay the new health care law, leading to furloughs for thousands of federal employees and the closing of a number of federal agencies.
Essential government employees in fields such as national security are continuing to report to work.