U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) is pleased to have voted for a bill passed by the House today that would ensure all federal employees receive back pay for the duration of the government shutdown. If passed by the Senate and signed by the President, the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act would retroactively compensate all federal employees, regardless of furlough status, who have not been allowed to work as a result of the shutdown beginning on October 1, 2013.
Said Ros-Lehtinen, "There are close to one million federal employees out of work due to the ongoing government shutdown. I'm glad that the House followed the pattern of the previous shutdowns and approved paychecks for our hardworking federal employees. While the focus must remain on resolving our differences in a bipartisan manner and getting the entire government running again, it is important that we continue to pass common sense measures whenever possible. Every day, millions of federal employees provide the vital government services our great nation depends on and it is our responsibility to ensure they will be compensated and able to pay their bills. As with the bipartisanship found during past shutdowns in the 1980's and "90's, I hope that today's bill can be used as a stepping stone to get us working together again the way we were sent here to Congress to do."