Washington, D.C. – In a Saturday legislative session Congressman Kevin Cramer joined a bipartisan majority in the United States House of Representatives to pass a bill providing retroactive pay for all furloughed federal employees.
The legislation ensures all federal employees furloughed will receive retroactive pay for any time lost due to the lapse in federal appropriations. Similar legislation has been enacted during all previous federal government shutdowns. The Obama Administration issued a statement of support on Friday.
“Federal employees should not be punished for the unwillingness of some in Congress to come to the negotiating table,” said Cramer. “Since Democrats are in agreement with Republicans on providing back pay, perhaps the President will stop interrupting the work of federal employees including our civilian defense force workers. There is no reason to play shutdown politics with national monuments, federal agencies or congressional offices when we are guaranteeing the salaries of the federal workforce. This is exactly why I and my staff chose to keep working.”
Congressman Cramer and his entire staff have continued working throughout the impasse, with all offices remaining open.
The House also passed a resolution Saturday urging the Secretary of Defense to permit religious services to continue as normal during the government shutdown. It has been reported chaplains are being prevented from providing religious services to members of the Armed Forces.
The House has passed eight bipartisan critical funding bills since October 1.