Congress Expected to Grant Back Pay to Furloughed Feds

Congress Expected to Grant Back Pay to Furloughed Feds

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The House will vote Saturday on a widely supported bill to grant furloughed federal employees retroactive pay upon the reopening of government, Republican leaders have announced.

The bill is expected to pass with bipartisan support, with Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., backing the measure Friday. The legislation — which was introduced by Reps. Jim Moran, D-Va., and Frank Wolf, R-Va. — has garnered more than 150 co-sponsors, including 18 Republicans. It cleared the House Rules Committee Thursday night, and will require a two-thirds majority in the House before it moves on to the Senate.

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., introduced identical legislation in the upper chamber. A spokeswoman for Cardin said the schedule is “only a matter of which [chamber] can move first,” adding she expects Senate Democrats to approve the measure once they receive it. Continue reading “Congress Expected to Grant Back Pay to Furloughed Feds”

It’s No Time to Furlough Weather Service Employees, Lawmaker Says

It’s No Time to Furlough Weather Service Employees, Lawmaker Says

Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., said, “The tornadoes earlier this week underscore the life and safety mission that NWS employees perform.” Alex Brandon/AP file photo

Virginia Republican Rep. Frank Wolf already thought National Weather Service furloughs were a bad idea, and severe weather in Oklahoma has only made him more sure.

“The tornadoes earlier this week underscore the life and safety mission that NWS employees perform,” Wolf said in his most recent letter to Rebecca Blank, acting secretary of the Commerce Department, which includes NWS. “There should be no higher priority at the department than ensuring that these critical services are maintained.” Continue reading “It’s No Time to Furlough Weather Service Employees, Lawmaker Says”