Skip to comments.Government doors closed, but workers may get paid
Posted on 10/05/2013 9:03:43 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
WASHINGTON (AP) Their government has failed to keep the doors open and has told federal workers to stay off the job as the political parties fight over spending and health care in austere times.
Now Congress and President Barack Obama are sending this message to the 800,000 sidelined government employees: We don't know when the impasses will end but you will get reimbursed for lost pay once the government reopens.
With the partial shutdown entering its fifth day, the GOP-run House passed a bill Saturday that would make sure the furloughed workers get paid for not working. The White House backs the bill and the Senate was expected to OK it, too, but the timing was unclear.
The 407-0 vote in the House was uniquely bipartisan, even as lawmakers continued their partisan rhetoric.
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“We don’t know when the impasses will end but you will get reimbursed....”
Sheesh, it’s just a paid vacation courtesy of the American taxpayer.
dammit, I checked to see if this had been posted and sure enough...beat by a minute.
This will pass the senate of course.
But I hope one of the good Senators raises a holy stink about Dems paying these guys but killing bills paying WIC (which runs out of money next week), Veterans, etc.
Now they should focus on getting everyone working for Congress, all those up on the Hill and in the White House, signed up for Obamacare......
"Rules are for thee - not for me!"
And no 75% subsidies!
This House Republican vote just told us that this is nothing but political theatre to them —
pay for work that was not performed
Like a welfare program
Yep. It's a beautiful time of year to get the extra time off - especially if it's at someone elses expense.
It must be nice to be part of the royal family.
"A government of the government, by the government, for the government."
The country has been "fundamentally transformed."
Now get off your computer and get back to work you slacker. The government needs your money.
, Reid and Obama already agreed to this. Typical shutdown fiasco.
GOP did the same thing when they caved to Clinton in 1996, something I been reminding freepers for years, but lost in those romantic tellings of the story on talk radio.
Parks are closed but we taxpayers must pay them ANYWAY as if they were working, etc with other agencies. Hell, dont they get eight paid weeks vacation anyway? Why do they need this?
What kind of principle is this Lou Gomert (TX) ??? You keep on lecturing us on doing the right thing.ON principle. Now you vote for this.
RIGHT ON Lou , cost the taxpayers even more ....than if you did nothing.
Paying them is a great tactic to achieve the larger strategic objective.
The goal is to destroy Obamacare, and buying off government workers will relieve much of the pressure on some pubbies to cave.
Let's keep our eyes on the prize.
Lets see, Obama-care is still funded moving forward,
GS (Federal) employees now get off even more paid vacation off until the GOP caves when they have to go back to work.
(and its October too)
So what was the point?
The door is pried open, they get paid, no reason not to go to work...
Statue of Liberty shutdown (FNC) , Federal employees who would work there get paid anyway,
Capital Mall closed down but we must pay for it being open anyway
This was going to happen anyway; however, I want to see how many of them actually return.
Obama to government workers: “You will be paid so keep supporting the one that writes your paycheck. Not the ones who pay it. The one who writes it. Understand? Or do I need to draw you a picture? Valeri Jarrett had to draw me one.”
No it just makes them look stupid and another incentive to cave.
Obama care is still funded and going forward, they didnt stop that.
What they did do is make us pay to have all the parks open and others services until the shutdown ends, that we don't get because they are off while being paid by us taxpayers, Hell, don't they already get eight paid weeks vacation?? Why do they need this?
And they are not even on Obamacare themselves(these GSs getting off) ,
The longer the shutdown continues the stupider it is, the more the taxpayer gets screwed by every house member by this vote. Every one of them caved, even the 'Tea party heroes' voting for this.