Trump Signs Bill Ensuring Federal Workers Will Be Paid After Shutdown


President Trump signed a bill providing back pay to federal employees affected by the ongoing partial government shutdown.

He signed the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019, which the White House says “requires the compensation of government employees for wages lost, work performed, or leave used during a lapse in appropriations that begins on or after December 22, 2018, and entitles excepted employees to use leave during a lapse in appropriations.”

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President Trump on Wednesday signed a bill guaranteeing back-pay to federal workers furloughed during the partial government shutdown that began in December.

The White House announced that Trump has signed the bill in a brief statement Wednesday afternoon as the partial shutdown dragged into its 26th day.

Trump had been expected to sign the law after both he and Vice President Mike Pence indicated support for the measure while it was still in Congress.

The legislation was a moment of rare bipartisan agreement between Trump and the new Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, which has refused to comply with the White House’s request for more than $5 billion in funding for construction of a border wall in any bill to reopen the government.

“I’m also pleased to report to you that with the full support of the president of the United States, just moments ago the House of Representatives passed legislation that will ensure that all the dedicated professionals at Custom and Border Protection and all of the agencies affected by this shutdown will be paid in full,” Pence told U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents during a visit to the agency’s Washington, D.C., headquarters.

“Your families will get your paychecks,” he added. More

On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, President Trump signed it into law:

S. 24, the “Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019,” which requires the compensation of government employees for wages lost, work performed, or leave used during a lapse in appropriations that begins on or after December 22, 2018, and entitles excepted employees to use leave during a lapse in appropriations.

It also states that federal employees who were furloughed will receive back pay for not only the current shutdown but future shutdowns as well. 

So they are effectively on an extra extended paid vacation. Fund the wall and not only will they get paid, but they’ll get the 2019 pay raise as well. Pressure democrats to protect America. 

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