Bill Guaranteeing Backpay to Furloughed Employees Clears House in Unanimous Vote
On Saturday this weekend the House unanimously approved a bipartisan bill, the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act (H.R. 3223), on a vote of 407-0. The legislation guarantees that employees required to work through the shutdown, as well as those placed on unpaid leave, will receive back pay once Congress restores funding and reopens the federal government.
Reps. Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Jim Moran (D-VA) introduced the House bill last week. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced companion legislation (S. 1567).
"Fairness is the most compelling reason for doing this," Rep. Moran said. "These folks didn't bring this about. They're trying to do their job; they want to do their job.”
"The federal workforce should not be punished because the administration and Congress and have been unable to reach an agreement on funding for the new fiscal year. ... Ensuring that all federal employees receive pay when the government reopens has always been done — in both the Reagan and Clinton administrations," Rep. Wolf said.
The President has indicated support of the legislation while noting that it does not actually “bring the Nation’s dedicated civil servants back to work.”
The Senate version of the bill has 27 cosponsors, yet quick passage is being slowed down by opposition from some Senate Republicans. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, said Monday that “it’s premature to do it right now,” referring to voting on the bill.
FEDmanager will continue tracking this legislation and will provide an update when the Senate acts on the bill.
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