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Congressman Courtney Votes to Ensure Retroactive Pay for Federal Employees Working Through Shutdown

January 11, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) voted to ensure that federal workers who have been furloughed or who have worked without pay during the current partial government shutdown are compensated fairly and expeditiously. The Government Employee Fair Treatment Act (S. 24), which passed the House of Representatives 411-7, would confirm that federal workers who have been furloughed will be retroactively paid after the shutdown ends, and guarantees that the compensation of “essential” employees who are working throughout the shutdown will be paid as soon as possible, regardless of scheduled federal pay dates.

“Today’s bill, which I voted in favor of, was a measure to help innocent victims of this shutdown and to eliminate at least one of the many uncertainties they face, “ said Congressman Courtney. “Now that the legislation has cleared both chambers with overwhelming bipartisan support, President Trump should sign it into law immediately.” 

On Thursday, the Senate passed S. 24 by unanimous consent. Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) have stated that President Trump confirmed on Thursday that he would sign the measure.

Congressman Courtney was an original co-sponsor of the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act (H.R. 67), the House bill that also sought ensure retroactive pay for furloughed and essential employees.

Throughout the partial government shutdown, Congressman Courtney has sought to bring attention to its detrimental economic impact on eastern Connecticut residents and federal employees, as well as on the private sector and the economy at large. On Tuesday, January 8, Congressman Courtney spoke on the House floor, sharing real-life stories from eastern Connecticut residents on how the shutdown has impacted them. Click here to read more and to watch his full remarks.