KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King of Maine are pleased that members of the Maine National Guard and civilian federal employees at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Bath Iron Works are returning to work.
But they say they’re frustrated that there were furloughs in the first place.
The furloughs affected 1,500 workers at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and about 400 National Guard employees, as well as a smaller number in Bath.
Collins and King say they’ll continue to monitor how the defense department implements the “Pay Our Military Act” as it relates to defense installations in Maine.
The government has been shut down for a week because Congress failed to agree on a spending plan.