Less than one week after being furloughed because of the partial government shutdown, 200 contractors and technicians at the 180th Fighter Wing are back on the job. On Sunday Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued an order recalling 300,000 Pentagon employees. Major Gary Bentley of the 180th Fighter Wing said there were a range of emotions as employees arrived at the base on Monday. "It was a combination of elation and an attitude of just reporting to work," Major Bentley said.
The workers who were recalled will not be paid during the partial government shutdown. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur says Hagel's decision is illegal. "He violated the law because he doesn't have the funds to fully pay everyone unless he moves money from other accounts which he can do for a couple of weeks," Rep. Kaptur said.
During the weekend the House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that would pay back wages to Defense Department employees once the shutdown is resolved. "Our hope is that our personnel will be paid," Major Bentley said.