Ben Cardin Intros Back Pay Bill for Feds in Case of Government Shutdown

Sen. Ben Cardin
Sen. Ben Cardin

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has introduced a new bill that would give back pay to federal employees when the government reopens after a shutdown, GovExec reported Wednesday.

Eric Katz writes the 2015 Federal Employee Fair Treatment Act would pay furloughed employees their regular salary immediately after a government shutdown passes.

Employees required to work during the shutdown without regular wages would also get their back pay when government operations resume, according to the report.

Federal Times reports the bill’s sponsors are Cardin, Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D.-Md.), Mark Warner (D.-Va.), Tim Kaine (D.-Va.), Tom Carper (D.-De.) and six others.

Government funding for fiscal year 2016 is set to expire on Sept. 30, Carten Cordell reports.

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