A possible federal shutdown set to begin on Tuesday could affect thousands of Michigan National Guard members.

Due to an absence in appropriations, there would be an emergency furlough suspension of operations, according to guidance provided by Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, Director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and Adjutant General of the Michigan National Guard.

Approximately 900 Michigan National Guard military technicians are at risk of being furloughed until an appropriations bill or continuing resolution is passed. Many of these Soldiers and Airmen were furloughed for six days just two months ago.

Training and other duties would be cancelled impacting another 12,000 Guardsmen.

“We have updated our plans to prepare for an orderly shutdown, while inconvenient, we can and will continue to support key military operations that are necessary for the safety and welfare of our citizens,” said Vadnais.

A bill was passed on Sunday by the House of Representatives allowing for the continuation of pay for active duty military members but this does not apply to military technicians or National Guard member in reserve status.

Logo courtesy Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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