House OKs back pay for federal workers
Oct. 7, 2013 – The House, voting 407-0, on Saturday approved H.R. 3223, legislation to ensure federal government workers will receive back pay once the shutdown is ended, but there were no indications of when that will occur.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon announced it has determined the Pay Our Military Act, enacted last Monday, allows it to keep all its civilian employees on the job. That affects about 400,000 workers, reports said.
H.R. 3223 awaits Senate action. Meanwhile, credit unions are standing by with programs and services to help furloughed members. And despite the assurance of the Pay Our Military Act, servicemembers and civilian defense employees may still need financial help. For example, other resources, such as tuition assistance programs for servicemembers, are still on hold.
Reports say the shutdown could continue until Oct. 17, the last date to address the federal debt ceiling to avoid a default on the country’s debt. Workers in non-defense agencies and who perform “nonessential” functions remain on furlough. Those in independent agencies, such as NCUA, are unaffected.
NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger last week wrote congressional leaders and the president to urge action to prevent default. He noted credit unions’ concerns about the prospect of such default, noting it would risk disarray in the markets and “a host of unintended consequences” for the economy.
CUs offering shutdown assistance