Bill Proposes to Fix Credit Reports for Federal Employees

A new bill would force credit bureaus to remove negative information on federal employees’ credit reports that resulted from the recent government shutdown.

Recently introduced legislation says that it would fix the credit reports of federal employees whose credit was negatively impacted by the recent partial government shutdown.

Introduced by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), the Protect Federal Workers Credit Act (S. 535) would force credit bureaus to remove negative information that was placed on the credit reports of federal workers and contractors who missed payments as a result of a government shutdown. It would apply to future shutdowns as well as the most recent one.

The bill has two co-sponsors at the time of this writing, Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and John Kennedy (R-LA).

“Our federal workers and contractors shouldn’t have their financial lives ruined because leaders in Congress and the White House can’t get their act together,” said Schatz. “Our bill will protect federal employees and contractors and make sure their credit reports don’t take a hit if they fall behind on payments during a government shutdown.”

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