House votes to give fuloughed federal workers back pay

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CongressWASHINGTON DC (CNN) – A bill that provides back pay for furloughed Federal workers during the government shutdown unanimously passed the House during a rare Saturday session on Capitol Hill.  Some 800,000 federal workers have been stuck at home without pay since October 1 when Congress failed to pass a budget for the new fiscal year.

On Friday, the White House said the president would sign the measure.

House Speaker John Boehner and GOP House leadership held the vote as part of a strategy to pass piecemeal spending legislation that addressed the issues brought up by the government shutdown.

Although Democrats oppose the incremental approach, saying it amounts to conservatives choosing to fund programs and services they like, the bill passed with strong bipartisan support.

Retroactive pay is guaranteed under the bill, but federal workers can’t expect their paychecks until after the government shutdown ends and Congress reaches a resolution on the budget.

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  • chode

    I wish I could be told to stay home with pay ……riding on my neighbors shoulders like a backpack. Must be nice. Government at its finest

  • Voter

    This isn't news, they would been paid anyway. It's just the TeaParty wasting time and money. Call, email and write to the REPUBLICANS and tell them to stop their insanity. We have seen enough of their destructive ways in the last few decades. They're out to destroy the economy.

  • MyView

    Wait a second, you can't pass a stop gap measure but you can pass a something for nothing measure. The health care law has already been changed by Obama without going thru the proper channels anyway so why fund what amounts to garbage.

    80% of the people don't plan on signing up till they absolutely have too and people like me will not sign up at all. If that doesn't send a clear message to his Highness, I don't know what will.

  • Chas HOlman

    I know the GOP is anxious to calm some anger against a million furloughed employees who are angry and networking with high speed internet connections in their free time now (this is NOT 95, ha, they woke a sleeping giant.).

    Don't just toss lifelines to SOME people..

    Congress has a fiduciary and judicial obligation to pay the bills for the laws THEY voted on.

    Release all the hostages, not just a select few Mr Boehner…. Stop the d@mn games Sam I am…

    • Block Watcher

      It is a Tea Party game and Boehner has no real power to do anything. The Republicans seem to get everything backwards. Why do they want to ruin the economy again? Who will gain when we default on our loans?