Despite the reports that furloughed government workers would suffer during the shutdown, it now appears that these individuals have been given a paid vacation, similar to the government shutdowns of 1995 and 1996.
On a rare Saturday legislative session in the House of Representatives, Congress voted 407 to zero in favor of giving approximately 800,000 furloughed workers back pay. It is currently unknown as to when the Senate will vote on the bill, but it is expected to pass.
Last week, President Barack Obama supported such a proposal.
“Federal workers keep the nation safe and secure and provide vital services that support the economic security of American families,” the White House Office of Management and Budget said in a statement. “The administration appreciates that the Congress is acting promptly to move this bipartisan legislation and looks forward to the bill’s swift passage. This bill alone, however, will not address the serious consequences of the funding lapse, nor will a piecemeal approach to appropriations bills.”
They won’t receive any paychecks until after the government shutdown has been completed.