Members of the House and Senate are pushing legislation to allow some government contractors to get backpay for work missed during the 35-day partial government shutdown, according to Federal Times. Federal employees are already receiving backpay.
“It’s just commonsense that the contractors who work side-by-side with all of us deserve back pay, too,” Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) said. “Federal contractors have never been made whole in any shutdown, including this one, and that needs to change.”
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said legislation isn’t needed because the Office of Management and Budget can use existing rules to authorize backpay.