Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) voted today with a bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives to ensure on-time pay for federal government employees who have worked throughout the shutdown and to bring Senate Democrats to the negotiating table to work on a bipartisan solution to fully reopen government. The Deficit Reduction and Economic Growth Working Group Act (H.R. 3273) and the Federal Worker Pay Fairness Act (H.J.Res.89) will be merged into one proposal for Senate consideration.
"Working together to ensure that Capitol Police Officers and Border Patrol agents receive their pay on-time provides Democrats and Republicans in Congress an opportunity to move forward toward resolving this shutdown once and for all," Congresswoman Foxx stated. "The common ground we share on the issue of making sure employees are compensated on schedule for their service should take precedence over any ideological crusade or desire to prove a point about "not negotiating.' It is my hope Senate Democrats will take up this legislation quickly and agree to appoint Senators to come to the negotiating table to have a conversation with House Republicans about how we can work through our differences, reopen government, and be on the same team as we confront the coming debt ceiling."