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RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - Regardless of what happens with Congress Thursday evening, workers at the Blue Grass Army Depot would have about sixty days before they notice any changes. Those changes could include furlough days.

Even though the eyes of the country are on the ticking clock in Washington, officials at the Depot say it's business as usual.

"We're going to come to work today, and if they pass the budget, we're going to come to work on Monday, just as we came to work today," said Samuel G. Hudson, public affairs officer for the Depot.

But that's not to say they haven't been preparing in case sequestration happens.

"We've been instructed by our higher headquarters to prepare for a furlough. Whether we go down to three days a week, whether we go down to four days only 8-hour days," said Hudson.

That means work will inevitably slow down.

"The furlough is DoD, so there isn't anyone that's exempt from the furlough. Everyone will be affected, so there will be a period of time where the installation will have a reduction in productivity," said Hudson.

Before any of that happens, though, workers at the Depot hope lawmakers can strike a deal.

"Right now it's not implemented because we're still having faith, we're still waiting. We will wait to the last minute or hour. When we're told to execute, we will execute accordingly while being good stewards of taxpayer money," said Hudson.

If the Blue Grass Army Depot institutes furlough days, theycould be in effect until the end of September.


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