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 BrownAssault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment The Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question 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.


“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 TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE do the same.

Co-sponsors of the legislation include Democratic Reps. Don Beyer (Va.), Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaMissouri Republican wins annual craft brewing competition for lawmakers Ten notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Jewish Democratic congresswoman and veteran blasts Trump's 'disloyalty' comments MORE (Va.), Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinDemocrats bicker over strategy on impeachment Overnight Defense: Trump says he has 'many options' on Iran | Hostage negotiator chosen for national security adviser | Senate Dems block funding bill | Documents show Pentagon spent at least 4K at Trump's Scotland resort Top Oversight Democrat demands immigration brass testify MORE (Md.), Lori TrahanLori A. TrahanHouse Democrats inch toward majority support for impeachment Trump bashes Mueller for 'ineptitude,' slams 'sick' Democrats backing impeachment Pelosi denies she's 'trying to run out the clock' on impeachment MORE (Mass.), David TroneDavid John TroneMaryland lawmakers slam 'despicable' Trump remark about journalists on newsroom shooting anniversary Biden leads in 2020 endorsements Dem bill would let essential workers collect unemployment during shutdown MORE (Md.) and Jennifer WextonJennifer Lynn WextonBen Carson's remarks during San Francisco visit spark backlash Democrats blast HUD for removing LGBT language from grant competition Lawmakers beat reporters in annual spelling bee competition MORE (Va.), as well as Del. Eleanor Holmes NortonEleanor Holmes NortonDemocrat accuses GOP of opposing DC statehood because of 'race and partisanship' DC statehood will give representation to city residents and rectify a deep injustice DC flies flags with 51 stars ahead of statehood parade 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.