Dem bill would let essential workers collect unemployment during shutdown

Dem bill would let essential workers collect unemployment during shutdown
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Rep. Anthony BrownAnthony Gregory BrownOvernight Defense: Pentagon chief under investigation over Boeing ties | Trump uses visual aids to tout progress against ISIS | Pentagon, Amnesty International spar over civilian drone deaths House Dem vets press McConnell on emergency declaration Overnight Defense: Gillibrand offers bill to let transgender troops serve | Pentagon ready to protect US personnel in Venezuela | Dems revive fight with Trump over Saudis MORE (D-Md.) on Thursday introduced legislation aimed at providing essential government workers access to unemployment benefits during the partial government shutdown.

The bill’s introduction comes as federal workers affected by the shutdown are expected to miss their second consecutive paycheck. The measure would overturn a Department of Labor regulation prohibiting essential employees from collecting jobless benefits.

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“As the shutdown enters its 34th day, it’s unconscionable that the Trump administration is forcing hundreds of thousands of federal employees to work without providing a means for them to support themselves and their families,” Brown said in a statement. “If the President is going to continue to hold federal employees hostage, then we will ensure they are provided for during his shutdown.”

Brown noted the administration added 50,000 federal workers to the 420,000 employees who were already deemed essential and have been working without pay.

Some states have opted to extend unemployment benefits to essential employees and called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Countdown clock is on for Mueller conclusions Omar: White supremacist attacks are rising because Trump publicly says 'Islam hates us' MORE do the same.

Co-sponsors of the legislation include Democratic Reps. Don Beyer (Va.), Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaOvernight Energy: Interior reverses decision at heart of Zinke criminal probe | Dem divisions deepen over approach to climate change | GM to add 400 workers to build electric cars The Hill's Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game Dem divisions deepen over approach to climate change MORE (Va.), Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinEx-Georgia candidate calls for probe, says more than a hundred thousand votes went 'missing' Dems struggle to turn page on Omar controversy Schumer: Trump 'redefined chutzpah' by calling Dems an 'anti-Jewish party' MORE (Md.), Lori TrahanLori A. TrahanBooker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Dem bill would let essential workers collect unemployment during shutdown 116th Congress breaks records for women, minority lawmakers MORE (Mass.), David TroneDavid John TroneBooker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Dem bill would let essential workers collect unemployment during shutdown New Jersey governor calls for redistricting reform MORE (Md.) and Jennifer WextonJennifer Lynn WextonNew Zealand mosque killings raise fears among US Muslims Why block citizenship to immigrants who defend America? House Dems introduce bill providing paid family leave for federal employees MORE (Va.), as well as Del. Eleanor Holmes NortonEleanor Holmes NortonDem lawmakers unveil Journalist Protection Act amid Trump attacks on media Dems push to include contractor back pay in any shutdown deal Dem bill would let essential workers collect unemployment during shutdown MORE (D-D.C.).

Negotiators have struggled to find a path forward to resolve the funding impasse. Democrats are calling on Republicans to reopen the government before they negotiate how to best handle border security, while Trump has vowed not to sign any spending bill that doesn’t include funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.