Rep. Meadows Introduces Bill to Give Federal Workers Access to Pay During Shutdown

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Washington, January 11, 2019 | Ben Williamson (202-225-6401) | comments

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Rep. Meadows Introduces Bill to Give Federal Workers Access to Pay During Shutdown

Washington, D.C. – This week, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) introduced a bill to ensure essential federal workers can receive pay for working during a government shutdown.

This bill would allow for an “excepted employee” to make a withdrawal from their qualifying Thrift Savings Plan, without a penalty, up to the amount of money they would otherwise be receiving for their pay in the federal workforce. Current law does not allow federal workers to make withdrawals from the TSP program under this exception. Through Rep. Meadows’ bill, workers could make these withdrawals until the partial government shutdown ends. When a government shutdown ends, federal employees would be permitted to make “catch-up contributions” to their qualifying Thrift Savings Plans—contributions that could be up to the amount they withdrew during the partial government shutdown.

The purpose of this bill is to provide a fiscally responsible approach to making sure federal workers, who work during a government shutdown, could have access to money they’ve earned—even while Congress negotiates a funding bill. It provides workers more options and flexibility to continue meeting financial needs where few options currently exist.

Rep. Meadows added the following statement on the bill:

“I’ve said repeatedly that member of Congress should not be paid during a government shutdown—but federal workers (who continue to work) should be. The hardship that government funding impasses put on members of our federal workforce should not be lost on anyone, and we in Congress should be able to find a solution that allows employees to have access to pay for the work they do. Congress should vote on this bill as soon as possible to provide federal employees the options and flexibility they need during a difficult financial situation.”

This bill comes after Rep. Meadows, in a letter to the Chief Administrative Officer, deferred his own salary until the government reopens.

You can read more here.

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