U.S. House passes bill to retroactively pay furloughed government workers

WASHINGTON Sat Oct 5, 2013 11:02am EDT

U.S. Representative Luke Messer (R-IN) (3rd L) arrives with his family for a vote at the U.S. Capitol in Washington October 5, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Representative Luke Messer (R-IN) (3rd L) arrives with his family for a vote at the U.S. Capitol in Washington October 5, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill on Saturday that would retroactively pay 800,000 furloughed workers once the now 5-day-old government shutdown ends.

The measure now goes to the Democratic-led Senate for concurrence. The White House has said that President Barack Obama will sign it into law. There is no end in sight to the shutdown, and there are still no bipartisan negotiations.

(Reporting by Thomas Ferraro; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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Comments (11)
JamalLocke wrote:
I had high hopes for the shutdown demonstrating the utter uselessness of most federal government operations. It’s done that, but this welfare giveaway to federal workers is unconscionable.

Oct 05, 2013 11:26am EDT  --  Report as abuse
llking wrote:
Got to love our incompetent government. Now, all those furlough employees get paid vacations. They are laughing all the way to the bank at the tax payers’ expense.

Oct 05, 2013 11:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JoeObserver wrote:
Paid holidays. Not a bad deal. Federal govt workers will probably want the impasse continue forever.

Oct 05, 2013 11:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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