Congressmen hope to include contractor back pay in funding law

January 30, 2019

Funding for many government agencies expires in less than three weeks, and members of the House and Senate are hoping to use potential appropriations legislation for those agencies to ensure that government contractors receive some back pay after the most recent government shutdown.

“We’re all going to work very hard to make sure that when we keep the government open three weeks from now, in that same bill we provide this legislation to make sure that service contract employees are made whole,” said Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., at a Jan. 29 press conference with federal contractors.

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PHOTO: Members of the House and Senate are pushing to make sure that contractors receive some measure of back pay for the first time after a government shutdown. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)