Senate passes bill guaranteeing back pay for workers after shutdown ends
The Senate had good news and bad news for the 800,000 federal employees who won’t get paychecks on Friday because of the partial government shutdown: Yes, they will be paid, but no, not until there’s a deal to restore funding.
The mixed news came Thursday afternoon, when senators voted unanimously to authorize the eventual post-shutdown funding of back pay.
Once the House passes its own bill, President Trump will sign it, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in calling the measure to a voice vote.
“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,” McConnell said.
“And so I want to ease their anxiety about that particular possibility.”
Funding was cut to about 25 percent of the government on Dec. 22, when Democrats refused to include $5.7 billion for Trump’s border wall in a spending bill.
On Saturday, the shutdown will hit a record 22 days — surpassing the previous 21-day record set in 1995-96.
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