Fitzpatrick Supports Back Pay for Government Workers

Oct 5, 2013
Rep. Fitzpatrick (PA-8) addresses the House Saturday in support of H.R. 3223
Fitzpatrick Supports Back Pay for Government Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) voted Saturday in support of bipartisan legislation that would ensure furloughed federal employees would receive back pay during a government shutdown.

The Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act [H.R. 3223] would allow all federal employees – regardless of individual furlough status - to receive their pay retroactively from October 1st for the entirety of the budget impasse. The bill passed the House by a 407-0 vote.

“Thursday featured a rare bipartisan moment for Congress as both parties saluted the bravery of our Capitol Police and federal law enforcement officers,” said Fitzpatrick, “While those officers leapt into action to protect the Capitol and those inside it, many were not being paid and do not know if they will receive back pay.  That’s wrong.”

“The stalemate we’re at now has left thousands of federal law enforcement officers and nearly 800,000 government employees overall furloughed and unsure about their next paycheck. This bill fixes that,” said Fitzpatrick, “Federal workers should not be used as pawns to negotiate a budget.”

There are nearly 6,000 federal workers in Fitzpatrick’s district which includes Bucks County and a portion of Montgomery County. The Delaware Valley is home to over 50,000 federal employees. Fitzpatrick spoke on the House floor Saturday morning urging for passage of the measure, highlighting the importance for individuals in his district harmed by the shutdown- including a federal law enforcement officers.

(Watch Fitzpatrick’s floor speech HERE)

Fitzpatrick held a press call Friday in support of the bill and was joined on the call John Adler, President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) who discussed the importance of paying federal first responders – especially in light of the recent shooting near the Capitol Building.

“(Fitzpatrick) is an honorable man who has been working on this legislation and others to make sure our officers get paid,” said Adler, “While many lawmakers are exploiting yesterday’s events in a ‘Johnny come lately’-way, Congressman Fitzpatrick introduced the SHEILD Act to prevent this situation last Congressional session- it’s something we’ve been working on.”

The SHEILD Act [H.R. 55] would require the Secretary of the Treasury to make necessary funds available to continue pay and allowances during a period of lapsed appropriations for the Armed Forces or federal agencies employing critical law enforcement officers.

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.