President Donald Trump signed legislation Wednesday afternoon that guarantees back pay for federal employees impacted by the partial government shutdown.
The House passed a bill Friday that would guarantee back pay to more than 800,000 federal employees who missed a paycheck Friday.
House Democrats in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia said they’re reminding their colleagues during the government shutdown: most federal employees live outside the Washington metropolitan area.
In today’s Federal Newscast, a review by the Center for American Progress looks at how much money federal workers could lose during the partial government shutdown.
Members in the House and Senate have reintroduced legislation that would guarantee back pay for excepted and furloughed federal employees during this and any government shutdown. The Senate version clarifies employees would receive pay as soon as agencies reopen, regardless of payroll schedules.
The House has passed its own continuing resolution that would fund all of government through Feb. 8 and provide $5 billion toward the southern border. The CR is reportedly a tough sell in the Senate, setting up further anxiety and uncertainty ahead of Friday’s partial shutdown deadline.
A coalition of House Democrats from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia are calling on congressional leadership to change course on the president’s proposed federal pay freeze.
Democratic House lawmakers, together with the largest federal employee union, have called on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to step down amid a growing number of federal investigations.
AFGE members said they won’t back down until the Education Department agrees to return to the bargaining table.
Not all lawmakers are behind Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s recent decision to overhaul the department.