About 900 civilian employees are being furloughed at Wisconsin's Fort McCoy due to the federal government shutdown.
Spokeswoman Linda Fournier said the workers reported this morning to the Army base between Sparta and Tomah to do some housekeeping tasks. They'll be gone by this afternoon, unless somebody in Congress flinches and adopts a federal spending resolution to keep the government going as the new fiscal year begins. Majority House Republicans refuse to approve a spending package without a one-year delay in key parts of the Obama health law. Majority Senate Democrats refuse to pass a resolution with the Obama-care delay. Around midnight, the House called on negotiations with the Senate. This morning, the Senate refused a House request to choose negotiators -- and for a fourth time, it rejected the House measure 54-to-46. At Fort McCoy, the commissary will close tomorrow. A hunt for the disabled at the fort this weekend will take place as scheduled. That's because outside contractors are running the event. Military personnel will stay on the job, and a South Dakota National Guard will get training at McCoy as scheduled. The fort's campground also remains open.