Federal workers can expect a paycheck …eventually

Matt Saintsing
January 11, 2019 - 2:22 pm

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Furloughed federal employees impacted by the ongoing partial government shutdown are one step closer to receiving back pay for the time they’ve worked. 

The House on Friday approved legislation with broad bipartisan support. The vote was 411-7, with all seven votes against coming from Republicans. 

“On the first day that some of our federal employees will miss their paycheck, Congress is saying and guaranteeing that workers will be paid not only for this shutdown, but God forbid if we have any future ones,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday. 

“Their pay will be guaranteed.” 

Top Republicans have signaled that President Trump would sign the bill, which the Senate approved Thursday evening unanimously. 

“I had an opportunity to talk to President Trump a few moments ago and wanted to indicate to our colleagues that he will sign the bill that we’ve been discussing here to guarantee that government workers who’ve been displaced as a result of the shutdown will ultimately be compensated,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on the Senate floor following the vote Thursday. 

About 31 percent of all federal workers are military veterans, according to the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management. 

The ongoing shutdown affects federal employees in nine departments from receiving their paychecks they were scheduled to earn Friday. The bill would also ensure in future shutdowns that federal workers will get each dollar they're entitled to once the shutdown ends. 

Friday marks the shutdown’s 21st day, which ties for the longest government closure, which was in 1995 under President Bill Clinton. That record, however, is poised to be shattered as both the White House, Republicans and Democrats are digging in. 

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