Rep. Miller Calls on the Senate and White House to Work on Bipartisan Compromise to End Shutdown
October 5, 2013
House passes measure to ensure furloughed federal employees receive their pay
U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) spoke on the Floor of the House in support of ensuring our nation's federal workers who are furloughed because of the government shutdown receive their pay. Rep. Miller also reiterated the need for Senate Democrats and the White House to join the House in working on a bipartisan compromise to end this government shutdown. The House passed with bipartisan support H.R. 3223, Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act which provides for compensation of federal employees furloughed due to any lapse in appropriations that begin on October 1, 2013.
Rep. Miller made the following comments on the Floor of the House:
"Mr. Speaker -- I support this bill, which will make sure federal workers who are furloughed because of the shutdown, are paid. But I would also point out that the average salary of a federal worker is $78,500 -- so what I do not understand is how my colleagues on the other side of the aisle decide which of the funding bills we've passed during this shutdown are worthy of their support.
"Because this week they said no to opening up our national memorials or national parks, like Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon -- but yes to paying federal workers. They said no to our Veterans benefits -- but yes to paying federal workers. No to women and babies food assistance, no to children's cancer treatments -- but yes to paying federal workers. No to the National Guard and Reserve -- but yes to other federal workers.
"Clearly it is time for both sides to sit down in a conference, negotiate a compromise in a bipartisan manner and end this shutdown."