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OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma congressman has written a bill that could bring some good news for civilian employees with the Department of Defense.

Currently those employees are losing one day of pay per week because of the budget cuts.

The house has passed Congressman Tom Cole’s bill barring furloughs of civilian workers in the next fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.

This could affect about 180,000 employees, including some at Tinker Air Force Base.

The bill will now be considered by the senate but it could be Labor Day before that happens.