Rep. Derek KilmerDerek KilmerInterior chief: New offshore drilling funds should pay for parks Our national parks need updates; Congress can help House Dems: Administration ignoring hundreds of oversight requests MORE (D-Wash.) and two other House members proposed legislation this week that would require the government to pay back federal employees who were put on furlough because of the sequester.

The Federal Employee Pay Restoration Act, H.R. 3744, states simply: "Federal employees furloughed as a result of reductions in budget authority required pursuant to the Presidential sequestration order dated March 1, 2013, shall be compensated at their standard rate of compensation for the period of such furlough."

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Kilmer said an estimated 600,000 federal employees were furloughed and hit by a 20 percent salary reduction during 2013.

"Federal employees have done nothing wrong and do not deserve to suffer personally because of our nation's fiscal situation and Congressional dysfunction," Kilmer's office wrote in an email to federal employees this week.

Congress has already approved legislation paying back workers hit by the 16-day government shutdown in October. The bill was proposed on the same day the House approved a budget that would scale back the sequester spending cuts that led to the furlough this year.

In the House 62 Republicans voted against the budget, many because it replaces some of the sequester with new revenue and fees that they say amounts to new taxing and spending.

Two Virginia House members are co-sponsors of Kilmer's bill — Reps. Jim MoranJim MoranBillionaire Trump donor hires lobbyists to help vets Lawmakers: Chaffetz has a point on housing stipend Trump can help farmers by improving two-way trade with Cuba MORE (D) and Rob WittmanRob Wittman355-ship Navy not a must under Trump's secretary nominee House Armed Services shoots down calls to eliminate additional Navy ship Overnight Defense: GOP chairman moves ahead with 0B defense bill | Lawmakers eye 355 ship navy | Senate panel seeks answers on shoot down of Syrian jet MORE (R).