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Furloughed Feds Poised to Receive Back Pay After House Sends Measure to Trump

January 11, 2019 / Eric Katz

About 350,000 federal employees currently on furlough are all but assured to receive back pay, with the House on Friday sending a measure to President Trump's desk to guarantee retroactive compensation once the partial government shutdown ends. Trump has indicated to lawmakers he will sign the legislation. The House passed the 2019 Government Employee Fair Treatment Act after the Senate approved it Thursday evening. The bill both guarantees back pay for furloughed workers and ensures that the roughly 500,000 employees working without immediate pay during the shutdown are able to take previously scheduled leave without consequence. Current governmentwide guidance requires agencies to cancel leave for those workers.