WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today commended House and Senate lawmakers who have cosponsored legislation to pay federal employees who are out of work during the government shutdown.
“More than 800,000 federal employees are unemployed right now due to this government shutdown, even though they are ready and able to work. They deserve to be paid in full for the time they have been locked out of their jobs once this shutdown is over,” Cox said.
As of today, 152 representatives have signed on to the House bill (HR 3223), including 30 Republicans. Companion legislation in the Senate (S 1567) has 20 cosponsors.
“I particularly want to thank Rep. Moran and Rep. Wolf for taking the lead in introducing this legislation,” Cox said. “These two congressmen are from opposing political parties, but they both agree that federal employees are not the cause of this shutdown and shouldn’t be punished by being deprived of their pay.
“The fact that so many Republicans have signed on to this legislation shows that lawmakers can put aside their political ideology when it’s for the greater good. I hope this same spirit of bipartisanship will bring an end to this senseless and harmful government shutdown as soon as possible.”