Good News: Furloughed Workers to Get Back Pay
As the partial government shutdown enters its first weekend, Congress is scheduled to meet Saturday to approve legislation that allows for back pay to the 800,000 government workers who have been adversely affected by the recent partisan activity. Unlike other partial reinstatements attempted by the GOP House throughout the week, the back pay idea seems to have the approval of both the Democrat-controlled Senate and President Obama.
So, while the shutdown continues with no end in sight, at least workers who are starving now know they will be able to eat again – eventually.
President Obama took the occasion of his weekly radio and Internet address to reissues threats to the House to, “Take that vote. Stop this farce. End this shutdown now.” The White House and Democrats reiterated their stance that negotiations would take place only after the government reopens and the $16.7 trillion debt limit is raised.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, voiced a somewhat random opinion from the other side of the aisle that, “This isn’t some damn game.” House Republicans steadfastly refuse to send a comprehensive bill to the Senate and on to the President that doesn’t include a partial defunding of Obamacare and cuts in federal benefit programs. (Derek Dowell – VNN) (Image: Flickr | Gage Skidmore)