SRS funding still an issue

Hundreds of employee furloughs at the Savannah River Site may be avoided if committees in Congress sign off on a $79 million reprogramming request.
If committees in both the House of Representatives and Senate approve request, the Department of Energy will be able to transfer money from another project to SRS, which was hit hard by the $100 million in cuts after the sequestration process began in March.
There is a May 22 deadline for the funds to be made available or the furloughs will begin June 1.
More than 2,000 SRS employees have already been put on a 32-hour work schedule, but 900 of those could face full furloughs if the money is not received in time.
Rep. Joe Wilson said in a statement Saturday the reprogramming request had been submitted to both chambers of Congress. Wilson has been pushing hard for the funds to be made available.
He has sent two letters to the White House Office of Management and Budget urging action on the issue. He also held a town hall meeting in Aiken Friday to discuss the issue where more than 300 people attended.
"I will remain committed to fulfilling my obligations and work with House and Senate members to ensure the request is approved expediently. SRS must be given the resources needed to complete its vital missions," Wilson said in the statement.