While an agreement has not been met on funding for the portions of the government currently shut down, Congress is currently working on a bill that was good news for the 800,000 federal employees who aren’t being paid on Friday.
The bill says that the employees will be compensated for the time that they were without work, according to The New York Post.
According to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, once the House passes this particular bill, President Donald Trump will sign it.
“I had an opportunity to talk to President Trump a few moments ago, and wanted to indicate to our colleagues that he will sign the bill that we’ve been discussing here to guarantee that government workers who’ve been displaced as a result of the shutdown will ultimately be compensated,” McConnell said.
“And so I want to ease their anxiety about that particular possibility.”
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Funding has been cut to around one-quarter of the government, due to a lack of agreement on a budget for the upcoming year.
The disagreement is centered around funding for a wall between the United States and Mexico for which the president is asking that over $5 billion be allocated.
The shutdown began on near the end of December, and will soon be the longest shutdown in United States history if the government isn’t opened until after Saturday.
The concern for the more than three-quarters of a million workers who are currently furloughed is high among some politicians.
Recently elected Representative Dan Crenshaw, a Republican from Texas, tweeted a copy of a letter that he signed, asking that his own pay be withheld until the government workers are once again being paid.
“I cannot in good conscience get paid while federal employees’ financial futures hang in the balance because of this partial government shutdown,” Crenshaw said.
“I’ve asked the Chief Administrative Officer to withhold my pay until we have come to an agreement to adequately fund border security.”
I cannot in good conscience get paid while federal employees’ financial futures hang in the balance because of this partial government shutdown. I’ve asked the Chief Administrative Officer to withhold my pay until we have come to an agreement to adequately fund border security. pic.twitter.com/2g37vAAtx2
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) January 10, 2019