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Sen. Tina Smith Supporting Back Pay to Federal Contractors

Updated: October 29, 2019 10:27 PM

Minnesota Senator Tina Smith spoke on the floor of the senate today to push for giving federal contractors back pay from the last government shutdown.

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Unlike federal employees, contractors didn't receive any pay for the time they worked during the 35 day long shutdown.

The democratic senator emphasized how this problem hasn't been resolved since the government reopened back in January and how these workers deserve the back pay for the time they put in.

"They went without pay checks during the height of the holiday season," said Sen. Tina Smith. "They skipped Chrismas gifts. They missed tuition payments. And they even in some cases were unable to afford the insulin that they need to stay alive if they live with diabetes."

The shutdown was the longest of any other shutdowns in the country's history. The shutdown was caused over disagreements in Washington on adding border wall funding.

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