Teaparty Government Shutdown: furloughed feds and retroactive pay

From GovExec:

Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., on Friday introduced a bill (H.R. 1429) that would compensate all federal employees at the end of a shutdown regardless of their furlough status. Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Frank Wolf, R-Va., are co-sponsors.

“If the government shuts down, nearly a million federal employees will go without pay,” Moran said in a statement. “Despite what happened in the mid-90s, I’m deeply concerned furloughed employees won’t get retroactive pay. If we shut down, it won’t be the federal employee’s fault and they shouldn’t be penalized for Congress’ failure to act, particularly when members of Congress will continue to receive their pay.”

Federal employees, including military service members, would not receive a paycheck during a shutdown. Those required to work during the hiatus (both military and civilian) would receive pay retroactively once funding is restored.

What do Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and John Stossel have to say about the approximately 800,000 federal employees who are furloughed? Watch

And there is NO WAY that the Teaparty Republicans in the House would approve back pay for furloughed workers — even if they’re getting paid during a shutdown. Look at this:

Government shutdown: Cuts in federal pay and benefits targeted as part of budget compromise, sources say: Congressional and White House budget negotiators hoping to pass a deal to fund the government by the end of Friday to avoid a government shutdown are considering $1.3 billion in savings by cutting the pay of at least some federal employees, possibly by denying some bonuses and step increases, according to a Republican aide familiar with the GOP offers and a senior administration official.

All I can say is, why would a fed vote Republican after this?

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