Gibbs Introduces Bill to Pay Federal Essential Workers During Shutdown

January 8, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - With the shutdown forcing federal essential employees to work without pay, Congressman Bob Gibbs introduced the Providing Pay for Essential Employees Act this evening.

Federal workers deemed essential include air traffic controllers, Border Patrol agents, federal law enforcement officials, among others. These employees, whose jobs are important to national security, will not be receiving their scheduled paycheck this Friday.

Gibbs’ bill will provide that regardless of any lapse in government funding, essential employees will receive their pay.

“While Democrats continue to play politics with border security, federal employees dedicated to their mission of keeping America safe and our border secure are still going to work knowing they will be missing their paychecks, said Congressman Bob Gibbs. “They should not be caught in the middle of political ploys by politicians who are not serious about securing our border.  If they are working to protect America and the lives of our citizens, they should be getting their paychecks on time.  We shouldn’t be forcing these men and women to shoulder the burden of Democrats’ unwillingness to work with President Trump and Congressional Republicans to solve the humanitarian and security crisis on our Southern Border.”

Text of the bill can be found here.