H.J.Res. 89: Federal Worker Pay Fairness Act

H.J.Res. 89

Federal Worker Pay Fairness Act

Rep. Hal Rogers

October 8, 2013 (113th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, the House will consider H.J.Res. 89, the Federal Worker Pay Fairness Act.  H.J.Res. 89 was introduced on October 8, 2013 by Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY), Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations.   

Bill Summary

H.J.Res.89 provides a direct appropriation for federal employees deemed “essential” during any period in FY 2014 in which interim or full year appropriations bills are not in effect. The authority for making these payments shall last until enactment of a Continuing Resolution or regular appropriations bill providing for such payments, or a continuing resolution or regular appropriations bills without appropriations for these purposes, or December 15, 2013.


Most federal employees are paid on a biweekly basis. For many of these workers Friday through Tuesday is their payment period.  On October 1, 2013, a lapse in federal funding resulted in a federal government shutdown.  While federal employees were paid on October 1, 2013, many will need to be paid by the end of the week/beginning of next week.  However, federal employees excepted from furlough status are paid only at such time that Congress passes a continuing resolution or an appropriations bill.


A CBO estimate is not available at this time. 

Additional Information

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