Bill to guarantee back pay awaiting presidential signature

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WASHINGTON (CBS19 NEWS) -- The U.S. House has passed a Senate bill that would guarantee federal workers back pay following the partial government shutdown.

Earlier this week, Senator Tim Kaine lodged an objection to the Senate adjourning for the weekend while hundreds of thousands of federal employees are missing a paycheck.

“This is no substitute for a paycheck, but I hope that this effort helps give some assurances to federal employees who just want to do their jobs and earn their pay,” Kaine said. “I’m thankful that both parties were able to hear the urgency we are feeling in Virginia and work with us on getting this legislation through. I hope the President will quickly sign this into law.”

In response, the Senate unanimously passed legislation to secure back pay, which the House passed on Friday.

The bill is now headed to President Donald Trump's desk for his signature.

According to a release, the White House has committed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that Trump will sign the bill.



 
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