WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill today ensuring all furloughed federal employees will be fully compensated when the partial government shutdown ends. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate approved the same bill, S. 24, the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019. The legislation requires that all employees be paid as soon as possible when the remaining federal agencies reopen.
"It is my hope that this bill will at least provide some certainty to federal workers ensuring a full paycheck is eventually coming. However, it is unnecessary to hinge the livelihood of hard-working Americans on border security efforts in Congress. In the past, Democrats have supported southern border control measures similar to those proposed by the President, so I am frustrated by Democratic leadership’s unwillingness to engage on this important issue," said Congressman Rogers. "We need to reopen the government, pay our faithful employees who are now struggling to make ends meet, and get back to the business of serving the American people."
Nine federal departments are impacted by the partial shutdown, while the rest remain fully operational.
President Trump is expected to sign the bill when it arrives on his desk.