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 CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinTop Dem: Lawmakers taking 'more active role' in Trump foreign policy Questions loom over Franken ethics probe State Dept. spokeswoman acknowledges 'morale issue' MORE (D-Md.), an outspoken advocate for federal workers, said.

Democratic Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinQuestions loom over Franken ethics probe GOP defends Trump judicial nominee with no trial experience Democrats scramble to contain Franken fallout  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 KaineTimothy Michael KaineBooker tries to find the right lane  Democrats scramble to contain Franken fallout  GOP campaign committees call on Democrats to return Franken donations MORE (D-Va.), Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerTech beefs up lobbying amid Russia scrutiny Overnight Tech: Senate Dems want FCC chief recused from Sinclair merger | Tech rallies on Capitol Hill for DACA | Facebook beefs up lobbying ranks Facebook adds two lobbyists amid Russia probe MORE (D-Va.) and Barbara MikulskiBarbara MikulskiClinton: White House slow-walking Russia sanctions Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns Gore wishes Mikulski a happy birthday at 'Inconvenient Sequel' premiere 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.