WASHINGTON, D.C. — As hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers return to work this week, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is making sure they get adequate back pay.
On Monday, the Democratic senator said the shutdown forced many federal workers to experience additional costs associated with loans, late bill payments, and the other effects of missing paychecks.
Baldwin has thrown her support behind a bill that Democrats introduced called the “Back Pay Fairness Act”, which would give federal workers an additional 3.6 percent of their wages lost to help them get caught up on their bills.
“I think about the way the Federal Government would charge interest on anybody who is late paying their taxes… they start charging interest on day one. We should do the same for our federal workers who were furloughed and forced to work without pay,” said Baldwin.
Baldwin hopes Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell calls for a vote on the bill this week.