Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Bill to Pay Back Furloughed Workers Passes the House

October 5, 2013
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today announced the House passage of bipartisan legislation she co-sponsored to pay back workers who have been furloughed during the government shutdown. The Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act (H.R. 3223) ensures federal employees will receive back pay, regardless of furlough status. It passed the House unanimously with a vote of 407-0.

“The House today voted to do the right thing and pay our furloughed federal workers,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “These public servants have been unfairly caught in the midst of these partisan arguments.  They and their families do not deserve to lose their paychecks because Congress is at an impasse. In Hawai‘i, more than 17 percent of our workers are federal employees. That means more than 25,000 hard-working people have been furloughed during this government shutdown. Because the House passed the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act today, these workers and their families can look forward to some relief in the midst of this harmful shutdown.”

The legislation now goes to the Senate for a vote. The Obama Administration yesterday announced its support for the bill.

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