On Friday, President Trump signed the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act, otherwise known as S.24. The legislation will provide back pay for federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown.

Hundreds of thousands will be reimbursed for their losses, at the end of the shutdown.

Here’s part of the bill:

(2) Each employee of the United States Government or of a District of Columbia public employer furloughed as a result of a covered lapse in appropriations shall be paid for the period of the lapse in appropriations, and each excepted employee who is required to perform work during a covered lapse in appropriations shall be paid for such work, at the employee’s standard rate of pay, at the earliest date possible after the lapse in appropriations ends, regardless of scheduled pay dates.

(3) During a covered lapse in appropriations, each excepted employee who is required to perform work shall be entitled to use leave under chapter 63 of title 5, or any other applicable law governing the use of leave by the excepted employee, for which compensation shall be paid at the earliest date possible after the lapse in appropriations ends, regardless of scheduled pay dates.

It was passed by Congress a week before Donald J. made it a law.

The shutdown’s been putting along since December 22. Is there an end in sight?

As reported by The Daily Wire, a Pew Research poll shows 36% of Americans give Trump’s “handling” of “shutdown negotiations” a thumbs-up. 61% have their thumbs pointed squarely down.

As for the performance of Democratic leadership, 53% of the citizenry disapprove, while 43% feel the exact opposite.

See a great government-shutdown lead-up to today’s signing here, here, here, here, here, here, here, herehere, and here.

Personally, I agree with Michael Reagan: If there is to be border security at any point during the Trump presidency, as Elvis once said, “It’s Now or Never.”

-Alex

 

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