The House of Representatives voted to give back pay to workers impacted by the government. The decision was reported by The Wall Street Journal on October 5.The decision was unanimous.
The current government shutdown is in its 6th day. There are about 800,000 workers; deemed nonessential; that are impacted, according to CBS News.
According to Wikipedia, the last government shutdown occurred in 1996. The government was shut down for approximately 28 days. The Republican controlled House and the President were at odds over funding for Medicare, education, and other public services.
The shutdown officially ended on January 6, 1996.
Though Christians are divided on whether or not the government being closed; those polled (for this article) fully and unanimously supported the decision for workers to receive back pay.
Said one Christian:
“The word compassion is mentioned over 40 times in the Holy Bible. It serves as a foundation for how we should interact with each other. The Holy Bible says that we should rather be wrong than to put God’s business in the streets. We are a Christian nation that allows others to judge us. God did not intend for it to be this way.
Even though both sides agreed that the back pay was the right thing to do; they both agree that the decision gets them no closer to a resolution that would open up the government.
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Source: The Wall Street Journal