Bill will provide back pay to federal workers

A bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers has introduced legislation that would give federal employees retroactive pay after the partial government shutdown.

Thirty senators have signed the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act, which would pay employees “as soon as possible” after the shutdown, according to Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA).

The bill also clarifies that employees who had previously scheduled approved leave occurring during a shutdown may take that leave without undue penalty.

“Federal employees should not be punished – and their paychecks held hostage – by the government dysfunction that leads to a shutdown,” Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-M.D.) said in a statement, adding, “I was pleased to get this legislation passed in the Senate, and I urge my colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass it without delay. As we work to end this shutdown, providing our federal workforce with the certainty that they will receive their paycheck is the right thing to do.”

View the full text of the bill here.  

Reader comments

Tue, Jan 15, 2019 Deanna Tucson

Unbelievable! This has to actually go to the senate and house? This should just go without saying. Pay your employees!!!!!

Fri, Jan 11, 2019 FH

If federal furloughed employees expect to be paid, they should also expect to work. It is entirely unfair to those of us who do NOT get the 3+ week paid vacation!

Fri, Jan 4, 2019 Terrie T

I went through this years ago. Instead of back paying them, just pay them as the shutdown goes. They get paid either way! They have to eat and pay expenses!

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