Former House Aide: Govt Shutdown Could Hit Workers’ Back Pay

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money-graphA former congressional aide says there is no guarantee that federal employees will receive back pay if the government shuts down at the end of this month, GovExec reported Tuesday.

Kellie Lunney writes Scott Lilly, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, told the publication that current House members are different from the legislators who granted workers retroactive pay during the 1995-1996 federal shutdown.

House Republicans delayed a vote last week on a measure that aims to avoid a Sept. 30 shutdown, according to the article.

“We’ve never had a group of people this extreme, who have the kind of power these guys have,” Lilly said, the publication reports.

Lilly added a long-term government shutdown poses risk to the economy and national security.

Citing a Politico article, Lunney writes House GOP leaders are considering linking votes on a bill to increase debt ceiling, legislation to extend government funding and a measure to delay healthcare reform.

Steve Bell, senior director of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s economic policy project, told GovExec the House should not take a recess if they have not yet decided on how to fund the government from Oct. 1.

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