- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on AppropriationsIntroducedJanuary 8th, 2019
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Requiring “essential” federal workers to work without pay during shutdowns is unfair and creates tremendous stress both for the employee tasked with a critical job and those who rely on them. It may also be a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act to require them to work without pay during shutdowns.
The government can’t spend money that hasn’t been appropriated, so there’s no way for it to legally pay workers during shutdowns. Essential workers are performing critical tasks like keeping air travelers safe and securing the border that can’t stop just because Congress couldn’t get its act together.