Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) today introduced the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act, legislation to guarantee back pay to furloughed workers in the event of a government shutdown.
Within the Department of Agriculture, thousands of food inspection workers would be furloughed, including positions related to public health science and worldwide programs that ensure that meat, poultry and egg products from foreign countries are safe. Military veterans would watch helplessly as the processing of their disability claims came to a halt.
Funding for the federal government expires at midnight tomorrow (Friday).
First, Federal employees were furloughed for a combined total of 6.6 million days, more than in any previous government shutdown. Beyond this, the Federal government also incurred other direct costs as a result of the shutdown.
MILITARY: All military personnel continued on normal duty status but about half of the Defense Department's 800,000 civilian employees were placed on unpaid leave.
Virginia is home to a large number of federal employees, and the two districts represented by Beyer and Wittman, Virginia's 8th and 1st, respectively, represent almost 120,000 federal workers, according to the release. Because of lack of funding, federally-run operations will be forced to close and federal employees, unless considered "essential" won't be allowed to work.
TAXES: The Internal Revenue Service furloughed 90 percent of its staff, according the liberal Center for American Progress.
Schools forced to shut as more snow closes in
The big chill started on Tuesday and has seen much of the county hit with snow storms, high winds and extremely hard driving conditions.
Those employees who are affected are sent on what is called furlough - essentially a.
Americans will continue to receiving their government pension checks, but Social Security offices will close. However, as dramatic as a federal government shut down looks, it is not quite as bad as most politicians would lead Americans to believe.
"We're not going to make any decisions until we need to", Nauert said about the trip.
CHILDREN: Six Head Start programs operating in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and SC serving about 6,300 children shut for nine days before reopening with money provided by philanthropists, according to the OMB.
Thanks to a Reagan-era memorandum, federal workers involved in national security-related work, or performing jobs that "protect life and property" will still report to work. Workers will "probably" still get paid, according to Federal News Radio. In the past, however, they have been repaid retroactively even if they were ordered to stay home. But she said services at parks that require staffing and maintenance, such as campgrounds, full service restrooms, and concessions won't be operating if there's a shutdown.
"Federal employees should not be penalized for Congress's inability to get its job done on time", Wittman said. Airport security operations would function normally because the Transportation Security Administration would continue to be funded. Was that more expensive than keeping it open? But work on issuing new regulations would stop throughout the department and its nine agencies. Well, a lot. According to some estimates, Federal government spending is about 20% of the US economy.
Negotiations to avoid a government shutdown have been underway for weeks. Those include raising budget caps for defense and domestic spending, funding the Mexico border wall promised by President Donald Trump, and extending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program to protect from deportation some 800,000 young people brought to the USA illegally as children. But other types of research would be seriously harmed, Fauci said Thursday.