This Friday, the House and Senate voted overwhelmingly to provide backpay for workers who’ve been furloughed as a result of the partial government shutdown. The vote will affect around 800,000 federal workers who are currently going without paychecks, but it was not unanimous.
As The Hill points out, there were seven lawmakers who opposed the measure, and they were all Republicans.
The seven lawmakers are:
Justin Amash (R-MI)
Andy Biggs (R-AZ)
Paul Gosar (R-AZ)
Glen Grothman (R-WI)
Thomas Massie (R-KY)
Chip Roy (R-TX)
Ted Yoho (R-FL)
The bill ultimately passed with 411 in favor and seven against.
Federal workers affected by the shutdown missed their first paycheck this Friday. Around 420,000 “essential” workers are currently working without pay while 380,000 have been furloughed.
On Thursday, the House passed a bill that would reopen portions of the government tasked with agriculture, food safety, and rural development. The bill passed with a 243 to 183 vote, with only 10 Republicans joining the Democrats in support of the bill.
A majority of the House Republicans who voted against backpay for federal workers were members of the House Freedom Caucus, which is a conservative group opposed to federal spending.
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