Brooks Votes to Pay Federal Employees Impacted by Partial Shutdown
Washington, DC— Friday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted “Yes” on S. 24, the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019, that would provide back pay to federal employees who are furloughed or required to work during a government shutdown after the shutdown is ended. Congressman Brooks supported S. 24, although this bill does not address the issue of paying federal employees who work during a government shutdown in a timely manner as his bill, the No Work Without Pay Act, would.
Congressman Brooks said, “Today, I voted ‘Yes’ on the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019 that would provide back pay after a government shutdown is ended to federal employees who are furloughed or required to work during a government shutdown. Given my druthers, federal government employees would be better served by also passing my bill, the No Work Without Pay Act, which would ensure federal employees who work during a government shutdown are paid in a timely manner no matter when the shutdown ends. Nonetheless, it is wrong to make federal employees and their families go without pay because Washington politicians do not uphold promises. Those employees who take federal jobs expect to be paid the amount their employer and they mutually agreed to. It would be morally wrong for the federal government to not uphold their end of the bargain.”