Congress Approves Measure to Pay Federal Workers Retroactively after Shutdown
New measure will ensure workers are paid after partial government shutdown
A Senate-passed measure was passed by the House of Representatives today that will ensure federal workers, furloughed during the ongoing partial government shutdown, will be paid retroactively when the government reopens.
The bill, now on its way to President Trump’s desk, was unanimously passed by the Senate on Thursday and will ensure that federal workers are paid as soon as the now-21 day long shutdown ends.
The president is expected to give his full support to the bill that backs over 800,000 federal workers who have been working without pay during the shutdown, which began last month.
Pressure is mounting on Washington DC to strike a deal, with tensions rising further on Friday when most workers missed their paychecks for the first time.
Neither side appears willing to budge—and if the White House and congressional leaders cannot come to an agreement, Trump has vowed to “almost definitely” use his emergency powers to build the wall.
“Either we’ll win or make a compromise,” Trump said.
"I’m okay to make a compromise—compromise is in my vocabulary very strongly.
“I think a compromise is a win for everybody.
"Otherwise, I can declare a national emergency.”
The president has warned of an “invasion” and a “humanitarian crisis” at the southern border.
He is continuing to negotiate for $5.7 billion to fund border security and construction of a wall or barrier along the border.
Democrats, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., have vowed to block any sort of funding for the wall.
The seniors Dems are accusing the president of having “manufactured” a crisis at the border.