HOUSE APPROVES RETROACTIVE PAY FOR FEDERAL WORKERS

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Shut down to cost San Diego region $7 million each week

October 5, 2013 (Washington D.C.) --  By a unanimous vote, the House of Representatives approved back pay to all furloughed federal workers for the full duration of the federal shutdown.  The Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act (H.R. 3223), was approved by the House of Representatives 407-0 during a rare Saturday session.

“Passing this bill was a step in the right direction but it is no substitute for ending this manufactured crisis immediately,” said Davis, a cosponsor of H.R. 3223. “If the Speaker would simply allow the House to vote on the Senate-passed clean funding bill, this crisis could be over today.”

Approximately 33,000 workers in San Diego County have been furloughed. Many more workers deemed “essential” continue to stay on the job without pay. The government shutdown could cost the San Diego region $7 million a week according to recent estimates, Davis’ office indicated in a release sent to media.

Four of San Diego’s five Congressional representatives cosponsored the measure, including Democrats Susan Davis, Juan Vargas and Scott Peters, as well as Republican Duncan Hunter. 

Darrell Issa, the wealthiest member of Congress, did not sign on as a coauthor to assure pay for other furloughed federal employees. Members of Congress are continuing to receive their paychecks during the shut-down.