Deal includes back pay for federal workers

A Senate deal to open the government and raise the debt ceiling would also grant back pay to an estimated 800,000 furloughed federal workers.

The Senate Democratic leadership has told senators representing Maryland and Virginia that the final deal would take care of federal workers who have been denied pay because of the shutdown.

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“It’s in this agreement,” Sen. Ben CardinBen CardinOvernight Energy: Senate panel clears Tillerson for State Senate panel votes to confirm Tillerson Top Dem comes out against Tillerson ahead of key vote MORE (D-Md.), an outspoken advocate for federal workers, said.

Democratic Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinJustice requires higher standard than Sessions Warren burns Mnuchin over failure to disclose assets Trump Treasury pick to defend foreclosure record MORE (Ill.) also said language granting back pay to federal workers was in the bill. 

The House voted Oct. 5 to approve a bill granting back pay to all workers furloughed because of the expiration of government funding on Oct. 1.

Cardin and Sens. Tim KaineTim KaineGOP lawmaker breaks with Trump on government hiring freeze Former Clinton spokesman: Virginia elections will begin resistance to Trump Top Dem comes out against Tillerson ahead of key vote MORE (D-Va.), Mark WarnerMark WarnerObama's last law: TALENT Act will enhance government efficiency GOP, Dems hear different things from Trump Decaying DC bridge puts spotlight on Trump plan MORE (D-Va.) and Barbara MikulskiBarbara MikulskiThe Hill's 12:30 Report Senate swears in new members Van Hollen lands seat on Banking Committee MORE (D-Md.) sponsored Senate companion legislation.

“Through no fault of their own, over 150,000 federal workers in Virginia are facing a second round of furloughs today as a result of House Republicans’ unwillingness to accept a spending bill compromise to fund the government,” Kaine said Oct. 1, when the group unveiled the bill.

Cardin told leaders that any final agreement opening the government and raising the debt limit should include language helping federal workers affected by the shutdown.