WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Obama Administration has thrown its support behind a bill ensuring federal employees receive retroactive pay for the duration of a federal government shutdown, regardless of their furlough status.
In a Statement of Administration Policy in support of the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act, the administration said:
"the Administration strongly supports House passage of H.R. 3223, the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act. Once the Government is funded, the bill would retroactively compensate Federal employees furloughed as a result of any lapse in appropriations beginning on October 1, 2013, for the period of the lapse. Federal workers keep the Nation safe and secure and provide vital services that support the economic security of American families. The Administration appreciates that the Congress is acting promptly to move this bipartisan legislation and looks forward to the bill's swift passage."
The SAP was released before it was set to be discussed in the House of Representatives. The bill has 156 co-sponsors, including 20 Republicans.
The Obama Administration added that the bill by itself won't address the funding lapse or its consequences, and continues to urge the House of Representatives to vote on the Senate's H.J. Res. 59 to fund the government.