WASHINGTON, D.C. (10/24/19)—U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH.)—along with Sens. Tina Smith (D-MN), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Mark Warner (D-VA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Tim Kaine (D-VA)—today continued fighting to secure back pay for federal contractor employees who went without pay during the last government shutdown. The Senators filed an amendment to Senate appropriations measures that would provide those low-wage workers with back pay.
Sen. Brown and his colleagues say it is unacceptable that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took out back pay language from the House-passed appropriations bills, and they are working to right that wrong in Senate appropriations bills.
Text of the amendment can be found here.
“Thousands of contract workers and their families were betrayed earlier this year by the President’s government shutdown, and still have not been paid for the work they did over the holidays and into January while the government was closed. Many of these workers live paycheck-to-paycheck, and reported being unable to cover personal expenses like rent or mortgage payments, car payments and grocery bills. We’re not giving up this fight to do right by these workers and get them their back pay—because when you love this country, you fight for the people who make it work,” said Sen. Brown.
In January, Brown joined his colleagues in introducing the Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor Employees Act. This legislation would secure back pay for the federal contractor employees who continue to go without pay during the current government shutdown. During the shutdown, Brown met with TSA and food service workers who were being hurt by the shutdown last week, and shared the stories of hardworking Americans who suffered as a result of President Trump’s temper tantrum.