Legislation has been passed that would protect federal and other government officials workers from repercussions of the current and future lapses in federal appropriations. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the legislation authored by Senators Susan Collins and Ben Cardin. Their bill passed the Senate unanimously and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that President Trump assured him that he would sign the bill into law.
Senator Collins and Cardin were joined by 28 other senators last week to reintroduce the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act, which would that federal and government employees would be paid during government shutdowns.
“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 as quickly as possible so that furloughed federal employees can return to work,” Senator Susan Collins 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.