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House Approves Back Pay for Federal Workers

The House has voted to ensure that all federal employees will be paid retroactively after the partial government shutdown ends. The House has voted to ensure that all federal employees will be paid retroactively after the partial government shutdown ends. |  Photo: MGN / Shealah Craighead

Created: January 11, 2019 11:24 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has voted to ensure that all federal employees will be paid retroactively after the partial government shutdown ends.
    
The bill passed Friday requires that all employees, including those who have been furloughed, be paid as soon as possible once the government reopens.
    
The Senate approved the bill unanimously Thursday. The bill now heads to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.
    
More than 800,000 workers, more than half of them still on the job, missed their first paycheck Friday under the stoppage, which began Dec. 22.
    
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is edging closer to declaring a national emergency to fund his long-promised border wall, as pressure mounts to find an escape hatch from the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government.
    
Some 800,000 workers, more than half of them still on the job, will miss their first paycheck on Friday under the stoppage, and Washington is close to setting a dubious record for the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. That left some Republicans on Capitol Hill increasingly uncomfortable with Trump's demands.
    

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