A spending bill approved in the House spares civilian employees in the U.S. Department of Defense from furloughs.
The exemption, part of the 2014 appropriations bill approved by lawmakers 315 to 109 late Wednesday evening, affects all civilian personnel and technicians, including the more than 400 non-military DoD workers at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna.
The bill still must pass in the Senate and be signed by President Barack Obama before becoming effective.
Niles Democrat U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan in a news release Thursday said he ''strongly'' supports the provisions that ''will keep our civilian workers on the job'' at the air base, and he called for an end to sequester, the automatic across-the-board federal spending cuts.
The sequester-driven furloughs at the air reserve base have forced the civilian work force there into taking 11 unpaid days off from work, mostly on Mondays through Aug. 26. In addition, they will be taking off Sept. 3, the Tuesday after Labor Day and will scheduled additional ''floating'' furlough days.
The base pumps $123 million into the economy with nearly $30 million in civilian pay. The cuts are expected to save the local base $2 million and the Department of Defense approximately $2.5 billion, with more than 800,000 DoD employees affected nationwide.
How they voted
U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan, D-Niles - YES
U.S. Rep. David Joyce, R-Russell - YES
U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta - YES
U.S. Reps. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, who represents the southern portion of Mahoning County and Dave Joyce, R-Russell, who represents the northern part of Trumbull County, also supported the spending bill.