House votes on restoring full chaplain services

Most furloughed DoD civilians will return to work Monday. The House of Representatives continued Saturday to vote on a series of exemptions to the government shutdown, this time focusing on religious services on military installations.

Brought up for debate on the House floor under rules where it could pass only if two-thirds of the House voted in favor, the measure passed by a 400-1 vote.

The newest funding resolution is aimed not at military chaplains, who like other service members continue to work during the shutdown, but the Defense Department’s decision to furlough civilian workers and contractors who help perform at religious services and programs that could be canceled or reduced in scope because the Defense Department is operating without an appropriations bill. For example, a shortage of Catholic chaplains has led to civilians, both federal workers and contractors, performing Sunday Mass on many installations.