Oct. 11 Paycheck Could be the Last Until Government Reopens

Oct. 11 Paycheck Could be the Last Until Government Reopens

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Most federal employees will receive a paycheck on Friday that’s only 60 percent of the usual amount, thanks to the government shutdown. This could be the last check they receive until agencies reopen.

Friday, Oct. 11, is the next pay day for federal workers for the preceding two-week pay period. Government employees who work a typical schedule — 8-hour days, Monday through Friday — will receive pay for only six days of work in their next paycheck. The most recent pay period ran from Sept. 22 through Oct. 5; the government shut down on Oct. 1, which means employees will not be paid for Oct. 1 through Oct. 4 in Friday’s paycheck. Continue reading “Oct. 11 Paycheck Could be the Last Until Government Reopens”

Furloughed Feds Aren’t Just Worried About Smaller Paychecks

Furloughed Feds Aren’t Just Worried About Smaller Paychecks

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., a federal employee advocate, joined the call Friday.
Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., a federal employee advocate, joined the call Friday. Tony Avelar/AP file photo

“When I looked at my paycheck the other day, it was a shock to see how small it was,” Doug Mehring told reporters on a conference call Friday hosted by the Federal-Postal Coalition.

Mehring, a brick mason at Scott Air Force Base near St. Louis, was recalled to work Oct. 7 after four days of furlough. His most recent paycheck was only 60 percent of its usual total, though he — and several other federal employees on the call Friday — largely voiced concerns about the shutdown outside of that personal impact.

Lee Stone, a senior scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center, said conferences he has missed and experiments he has canceled while on furlough represent a vast amount of lost knowledge. Tests involving artificial gravity, g-20 centrifuges, 747 airplanes with giant telescopes attached and potential causes of a recent crash at San Francisco International Airport have all fallen victim to the shutdown. Continue reading “Furloughed Feds Aren’t Just Worried About Smaller Paychecks”

House OK’s furlough back pay

By Pete Kasperowicz – 10/05/13 11:01 AM ET

The House voted unanimously Saturday to retroactively pay back federal workers who are not receiving a paycheck because of the government shutdown.

Members approved the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act, H.R. 3223, in a 407-0 vote, with 25 members not voting.

Workers will not be paid until the shutdown — now in its fifth day — ends. About 800,000 workers have been furloughed.

The vote was a rare showing of bipartisanship in a week filled with fighting and finger-pointing over the shutdown, the first in 17 years. The bill drew praise from the White House this week, and the Senate could pass it as early as today when it reconvenes at noon. Continue reading “House OK’s furlough back pay”

Republicans will move ahead with plan to delay Obamacare, making government shutdown more likely

Republicans will move ahead with plan to delay Obamacare, making government shutdown more likely

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, arrives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Heat is building on balkanized Republicans, who are convening the House this weekend in hopes of preventing a government shutdown but remain under tea party pressure to battle on and use a must-do funding bill to derail all or part of President Barack Obama’s health care law. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

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House Republicans are expected to vote Saturday on a proposal that funds the government through Dec. 15, delays the federal health care law known as Obamacare for one year and repeals the medical device tax, a move that sets up a showdown with Senate Democrats that could result in a government shutdown next week.

Members of the Republican conference met Saturday afternoon in a private meeting where leaders presented the plan and listened to opinions from rank-and-file members. Lawmakers emerged from the meeting to say that the conference was united on the proposal.

The House also will vote on a separate bill that ensures that the U.S. military is funded in the event of a shutdown. Continue reading “Republicans will move ahead with plan to delay Obamacare, making government shutdown more likely”

Reid: Senate will ‘reject’ House CR plan

Reid: Senate will ‘reject’ House CR plan

By: Burgess Everett and Manu Raju
September 28, 2013 01:58 PM EDT

Harry Reid is pictured. | AP PhotoSenate Democrats will reject the House government funding bill on the eve of a shutdown, seeking to pressure House Republicans to approve their plan to keep government running past Tuesday.

The House vote on Saturday on a bill to fund the government through Dec. 15, delay Obamacare’s individual mandate and repeal the medical device tax is “pointless,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who added in a blistering statement that “the American people will not be extorted by Tea Party anarchists.”

“To be absolutely clear, the Senate will reject both the one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act and the repeal of the medical device tax. After weeks of futile political games from Republicans, we are still at square one: Republicans must decide whether to pass the Senate’s clean CR, or force a Republican government shutdown,” Reid said in a statement. Continue reading “Reid: Senate will ‘reject’ House CR plan”