U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Ben Cardin were join by 28 Senate colleagues in reintroducing legislation that would protect federal and other government workers from the repercussions of this and future lapses in federal appropriations.
The Government Employee Fair Treatment Act would guarantee that federal employees will be paid as soon as possible after the lapse in appropriations ends.
This act was previously passed unanimously until Christmas of the 115th Congress.
“Civil servants bring dedication, competence, and experience to their work, and I appreciate all that they do for our government and our nation. Our legislation would guarantee that they are paid retroactively as soon as appropriations are restored. I am also continuing to discuss with the White House and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle ways to bring an end to the shutdown so that furloughed federal employees can return to work as quickly as possible,” Senator Susan Collins said.
“Federal workers are dedicated public servants who simply want to do their jobs on behalf of the American people. They shouldn’t continue to suffer – working dangerous jobs without knowing when their next paycheck may come, or being forcibly furloughed and unable to carry out their mission – because of extreme partisan gamesmanship,” Senator Ben Cardin said.
Currently, 420,000 federal workers are being forced to work without pay, and another 380,000 federal workers were sent home over the holidays without pay.