CONGRESSMAN MORELLE URGES IMMEDIATE ACTION TO END THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, AS THOUSANDS OF NEW YORK’S FEDERAL EMPLOYEES GO WITHOUT PAY
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle highlighted government data that shows 14,367 of New York’s federal employees are currently facing the uncertainty and fear that comes with not receiving a paycheck. Nearly 800,000 federal employees are currently not receiving a paycheck during the President’s shutdown, including both “essential” employees going to work every day without pay, as well as employees furloughed without pay.
“This President has threatened, without any reservation or consideration for the millions of Americans that are being impacted, that he is willing to keep the government shut down for ‘years,’” said Rep. Morelle. “In New York, the financial security of over 14,000 hardworking federal employees is being jeopardized by the chaos of this shutdown. That is why I strongly urge the President and my colleagues in the Senate to join the House in supporting measures to immediately reopen our government and provide some peace of mind to the hundreds of thousands of public servants who are relying on them.”
Today, the House passed the 2019 Government Employee Fair Treatment Act to ensure these federal employees who are furloughed or working without pay receive their compensation at the earliest date possible after the President’s shutdown comes to an end.
The 800,000 federal workers impacted, many of them veterans, include essential national security and law-enforcement personnel, life-saving food and drug safety inspectors, critical air traffic controllers and TSA agents, and hard-working employees responsible for ensuring tax returns are processed, and delivering other key services.
On day one of the new Congress, the House Democratic Majority passed a complete funding package to re-open all government agencies and bring all federal employees back to work. Since then, the House has also passed individual appropriations bills, identical to those previously agreed to and passed by the Senate, to fund key government agencies and ensure hardworking Americans have access to the services they rely on every day.
“The livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of American families are at stake,” continued Rep. Morelle. “The President act now and end the government shutdown before these workers are faced with the burden of missing yet another paycheck.”