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Government Shutdown back pay

Government Shutdown back pay
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POSTED: Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 9:20am

UPDATED: Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 4:20pm

A bill that provides back pay for furloughed Federal workers during the government shutdown unanimously passed the House during a rare Saturday session on Capitol Hill. 

Some 800,000 federal workers have been stuck at home without pay since October 1 when Congress failed to pass a budget for the new fiscal year. 

On Friday, the White House said the president would sign the measure. 

House Speaker John Boehner and GOP House leadership held the vote as part of a strategy to pass piecemeal spending legislation that addressed the issues brought up by the government shutdown. 

Although Democrats oppose the incremental approach, saying it amounts to conservatives choosing to fund programs and services they like, the bill passed with strong bipartisan support. 

Retroactive pay is guaranteed under the bill, but federal workers can't expect their paychecks until after the government shutdown ends and Congress reaches a resolution on the budget. 


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y'all are always crying about what someone else is getting...if you wnat what they have apply for a job.

Why do we give them back pay when if anyone else in the private sector is furloughed or laid off THEY DON'T????

True it wasn't their fault but still, us 'peasants' are no different from the 'royalty' of the feds.

Will Rogers said, "Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for". We all know what he was talking about no matter what side of the isle you sit. Roger's was our national conscience and his words represented this nation's mind-set at the beginning of the twentieth century. Before Rogers we had Mark Twain. This nation has been denied a voice, a national consciousness, since Roger's time not because of who we are, but because government and their media deny it.

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