Shutdown: Bipartisan bill aims to protect federal workers' pay, lawmakers say

6:11 AM, Oct 1, 2013   |    comments
Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va. (AP)
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - According to a press release from the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday morning, Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) has introduced the "Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act." According to representatives, the bill aims "to ensure all federal employees receive retroactive pay for the duration of a federal government shutdown, regardless of individual furlough status."

We are told Congressman Frank Wolf will be the lead Republican co-sponsor. Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Rob Wittman (R-VA), John Sarbanes (D-MD), Donna Edwards (D-MD), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Scott Rigell (R-VA), and John Delaney (D-MD) are also in support of the bill. 

Moran says in the press release: "Nearly a million federal workers could lose their pay because Congress failed to do its job and keep the government up and running...Leaving the question of retroactive pay for furloughed employees, already shouldering much of the burden of sequestration, up to this highly divisive Congress is deeply concerning. Today's bipartisan proposal shields family pocketbooks from partisan politics and reaffirms our commitment to our federal employees."

Rep. Wolf added, "Employees at the FBI, DEA and U.S. Marshals Service shouldn't be punished because the Congress couldn't get its job done. They should be properly compensated for the hard work they do to make our nation a safer and better place. Let's also not forget that several federal workers paid the ultimate price just last week in the Navy Yard tragedy."

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