The State Department is ordering its staff back to work next week, pledging that it will find the money to pay them despite the partial government shutdown.
President Donald Trump signed the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019, which the White House said “requires the compensation of government employees for wages lost, work performed, or leave used during a lapse in appropriations that begins on or after December 22, 2018, and entitles excepted employees to use leave during a lapse in appropriations.”
“This is completely avoidable,” Rep. Rob Wittman told WTOP. “I believe Congress needs to pass ‘No Budget, No Pay.’ Get a budget done on time, when we should’ve done it, and if not, members of Congress shouldn’t get paid.”
The request was made as the shutdown led to dramatic debate in the Senate, where Democrats tried unsuccessfully to bring about votes on House-passed legislation that would reopen the government. While federal workers generally receive back pay after a shutdown, contractors do not.
WASHINGTON — With a stroke of the pen on Saturday, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has ended the District’s 14-year labor dispute with its firefighters union, agreeing to terms that will pay firefighters between $45 million…
Congress and President Barack Obama are sending this message to the 800,000 sidelined government employees: We don\’t know when the impasses will end but you will get reimbursed for lost pay once the government reopens.
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