Washington • Democratic Colorado Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall asked Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Wednesday to exempt a band of Utah National Guard engineers from furlough in the event of a government shutdown next week so they could get to work immediately helping Colorado rebuild roads.
The 120 engineers were to be dispatched this week to start rebuilding U.S. Highway 36 between Estes Park and Lyons.
But Pentagon officials told The Denver Post on Tuesday they were holding off on sending the whole team until early October because of the threat of a government shutdown. Instead, a group of 50 leaders will come out this week and pre-position equipment, officials said.