With President Donald Trump refusing to bow to his claims for a wall of the border, the Senate is trying to do everything in its power to mitigate the effects of the closure of federal workers – 800 000 of them will miss their first salary from Friday.
A bit like Congress during previous closures (in January 2018 and October 2013), the Senate on Thursday unanimously approved the guaranteed arrears for all federal employees affected by the impasse, including those on leave. If the bill becomes law, it would guarantee that workers receive their salary arrears as quickly as possible after the president has signed the appropriation bills, even if it involves sending pay checks that do not are not in cycle.
As recently announced a union official from the American Federation of Government Employees, it takes at least two to three days for the government to process the payroll, so that workers would likely receive their salary arrears afterwards. less so much time.
While Trump refused to sign a package of seven credit bills, forcing about a quarter of the federal Government has decided to sign this legislation, said a spokesman for Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA). Kaine, who was among the 20 authors of the bill passed unanimously, said he is optimistic that the House will be aware soon, added the spokesman.
The bill is intended to address one of the main problems with the closure, which has left federal government employees struggling with daily expenses such as rent, utilities and drugs until their next check is over. Payroll comes into play. However, this will not be felt for some time, as workers will not be paid late until the closure is resolved.
In the meantime, Democrats have also proposed other measures to protect workers from the fallout of what will soon be the longest closure in US history. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) introduced legislation, according to HuffPost, that would prohibit owners and creditors from taking action against federal employees or contractors who suffer the consequences of closing and can not pay the rent or repay the loans. And Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) is preparing a bill that would also cover federal contractors' salary arrears.
The stop is now in its twentieth day and there is still no clear end in sight. At the very least, the latest measures taken by the Senate ensure that hundreds of thousands of federal public servants receive the salary they lost when they are finished.