WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — Some lawmakers are working to pass legislation that would protect federal workers who can’t pay their bills during government shutdowns. 

In the District, Council member Anita Bonds (D-At-Large) introduced emergency legislation to protect unpaid federal workers and contractors from eviction and foreclosure during this current shutdown. 

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On Tuesday morning, the DC Council will vote on the Federal Worker Housing Relief Emergency Declaration Resolution of 2019.

However, efforts are also underway to help all federal workers.

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) sent out a tweet over the weekend touting the Federal Employee Civil Relief Act. “We’re fighting for new legislation to guarantee protections now & in any future shutdown,” tweeted Schumer. 

The bill was introduced by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and cosponsored by Schumer with support from more than two dozen other senators. 

It would shield federal workers from evictions, foreclosures, having their cars repossessed, late fees and cancelled insurance policies because of missed premiums.