Congress passes bill ensuring federal workers receive retroactive pay after shutdown ends

Ann Santiago
January 12, 2019

One of the Republican senators who had been trying to find a compromise to end the partial government shutdown is now calling on the president invoke executive powers to try to build the wall at the border with Mexico.

"The president of the United States - having failed to get Mexico to pay for his ineffective, unnecessary border wall, and unable to convince the Congress or the American people to foot the bill - has shut down the government", Schumer said in a response delivered jointly with Pelosi on Tuesday.

In a Friday morning harangue that shifted his typical animus focused on President Donald Trump, Scarborough opened Morning Joe by going off on GOP congress who, in his esteem, are "complicit by their action or, more importantly, by their silence".

The president and congressional Democrats remain at an impasse over his demand for $5.7 billion for a wall along the southern border.

Republicans who control the Senate have so far stood with Trump and insisted that any spending bills include money for his wall.

"Most of them are living from paycheck to paycheck and now they approach this day on Friday having moved from paycheck to no check", Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings said in debate on the House floor.

On Saturday, the current shutdown will become the longest in modern American history.

Senators passed a bill Thursday to ensure all federal employees, whether they are still working or were furloughed, will be paid in full when the partial government shutdown ends.

A close Trump confidant judged the time for such a step had come.

The FBI Agents Association urged the White House and Congress in a petition to fund the FBI and the Justice Department, saying that while agents continue to work without pay, they are operating with limited resources, which is endangering national security. In any case, it was nearly certain to trigger an immediate court challenge from Democrats, including an accusation of trying to circumvent Congress' power over the national purse strings. Federal workers unions slammed the president earlier this week, descrediting his claims that "many of those people that won't be receiving a paycheck.agree 100 percent with what I'm doing".

"I think we're stuck". Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) agreeing that Trump's declaration would be a "bad precedent" in an interview with CNBC.

Trump is to visit a border patrol station and receive a briefing on border security.

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