CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: Non-essential employees getting paid for work not performed. Isn't that GREAT?! Congress contains some stupid people, people incapable of learning, their actions based out of emotion rather than common sense. They just don't get it, continuing to spend money that shouldn't be spent. Even in the protest of too much spending, they spend money. Long ago, real leaders would have stood up and said,
"Enough with the political grandstanding and vote pandering already, enough with the continuing resolution nonsense already. Let's pass an annual budget and actually stick to it."
There should be a risk in being a federal employee, just like there is in being an employee of a corporation or small business where you can get laid off and not get paid for work not performed. Congress also contains a lot of snakes. The snakes are trying to avoid accountability for the shutdown with this maneuver Where is the repercussion to decisions made in Washington if the people those decisions harm are bought off? That's what this is, a payoff. It's not a paycheck earned for an honest day's pay, it's a payoff.
Once again the American public is getting played. Non-essential employees are getting paid for work not performed. That's a problem folks, not a solution.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. government shutdown saga continues on Capitol Hill today, but for the 800,000 federal workers sent home without pay there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel.
Today, the House of Representatives passed legislation that, if cleared by the Senate, would assure those employees would receive their back pay when the government reopens.
The "Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act" passed with a rare, unanimous vote and is poised to pass through the upper chamber unhindered.