House Passes Bill to Pay ‘Essential’ Employees on Time

The House unanimously passed a bill to ensure that federal employees who have to work during the shutdown are paid on time.

A bill introduced and voted on late Tuesday was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives.

In a 420-0 vote, the House voted to pay federal employees who are considered “essential” (and therefore have to work during the shutdown) on time even if the shutdown continues.

The bill is known as the Federal Worker Pay Fairness Act and was introduced by Hal Rogers (R-KY). Employees who have to work during the shutdown may face delays in getting paid. The purpose of the legislation is to prevent this from happening.

The House also recently passed legislation to provide retroactive pay for federal workers who are furloughed by the shutdown, but that has stalled in the Senate.


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