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Bill guaranteeing back pay for federal workers signed into law

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2019 photo President Donald Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence, arrives at the U.S. Capitol to attend a Senate Republican Policy Lunch amid a partial government shutdown. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

A bill that will guarantee federal workers receive back pay for paychecks missed during the government shutdown was signed into law by the president on Wednesday.

The shutdown, now in day 26, has already caused federal employees to miss one paycheck.

President Trump signed the "Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019," which requires compensation for lost wages, work performed, or leave used during the lapse in federal appropriations.

The bill had passed both houses of Congress on Friday of the previous week, with an assurance from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that Trump would sign it when it crossed his desk.

It was sponsored by five Senators -- two from Maryland, Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Holland, and two from Virginia, Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, as well as Maine Senator Susan Collins.

Warner tweeted shortly after it was announced that the bill had become law, calling for an end to the shutdown.


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