Congress mulls backpay for furloughed US govt employees
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Furlough days for thousands of employees ordered off the job in the ongoing US government shutdown may turn into paid leave if Congress passes legislation on Friday that retroactively pays lost wages.
The measures were considered just as a dramatic car chase unfolded on Thursday in Washington in which US Capitol Police - who are working during the shutdown but without pay until the budget crisis is resolved - helped stop the suspect.
The incident shined a glaring spotlight on those federal employees working without pay while lawmakers wrangle over ending the shutdown, which enters its fourth day on Friday.
Members of the House of Representatives and Senate filed bills that would ensure all federal employees receive retroactive pay for the duration of the workstop.