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Government Doors Closed, But Workers May Get Paid

(Image Courtesy: MGN Online)

(Image Courtesy: MGN Online)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a bill to give 800,000 furloughed federal workers retroactive pay once the government reopens.

The House passed the bill in a rare Saturday session. The vote was 407-0.

The Senate was expected to OK it as well, but the timing is unclear.

The White House backs the legislation.

The federal government been partially shut down since Tuesday, the start of the new budget year.

Both President Barack Obama and Congress are in Washington on Saturday, but there’s no apparent progress in ending the shutdown.

After the voting, House are planning to leave town and not return until Monday evening.

The House has passed several bills to reopen selected parts of the federal government. Democrats are rejecting the piecemeal approach, saying the entire government should be reopened.

 


  • tiredofthemedia

    Yea might as well let them sit home and then pay them. No sense in having them do some work.

  • alpinequeen

    What about all the soon to be furloughed workers who work in the private sector?

  • tiredofthemedia

    Then when they come back they’ll get overtime to catch up on their work

  • Fredpiquette

    Who didn’t see this BS coming? Just another example of this government ripping us off. Right out in plain sight, giving their cronies a free ride. Unreal.

    • alpinequeen

      Why didn’t you see this coming?

  • Fredpiquette

    If anyone is thinking of going to any State parks, feel free to do so. They CANNOT arrest you for trespassing on state or federal lands, because WE own them. If they can pay them to stand guard at the gates, they can do their jobs and open the parks.

    • alpinequeen

      Be sure to check with your public defender before handing out frivolous advice. There may be repercussions.

  • doggone

    This sure takes the heat off of the congress getting paid