Congressman Glenn Grothman Wants To Vote On Bill To Pay Federal Workers

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (KFIZ) – Wisconsin Congressman Glenn Grothman calls on leadership to bring the “No Work Without Pay Act” to the floor for a vote.  This will make sure that about 420,000 federal employees who have to work during the government shutdown will get their full pay.  Grothman says he sent a letter to Washington last week, asking that they withold his pay until the shutdown is over.  Grothman is serving his third term representing the 6th Congressional district, which includes Fond du Lac County.

In a Press release issued Monday, Grothman says:

“Today, I call on Speaker Pelosi and the rest of House leadership to bring H.R. 271 to the House floor for a vote.” Said Grothman. “I, and every one of my colleagues, come into work and see federal employees who are required to work during the shutdown, but continue to live without certainty of a paycheck. It is against the very morals of our country to force people to work without the guarantee of pay.

I can’t imagine what House leadership was thinking when they decided to make working federal employees wait the length of the shutdown, to receive their paycheck. Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic leadership made the conscious decision to pay those who aren’t working, while continuing to snub the Coast Guard and correctional officers that put their lives on the line every day. This is nothing short of a national security risk.

After talking to many of my colleagues, I don’t believe they realized that the bill that passed the House last week, S. 24, did not address the problem of federal employees who work during a shutdown not receiving a paycheck. If a federal employee is working during a government shutdown, he or she should be able to count on a paycheck for that work. That is why I am calling on House leadership to think about federal workers and their families and bring H.R. 271 to the floor for a vote.

I am committed to ending the partial shutdown, securing our borders and getting federal employees back to work. That is why I have asked the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives to withhold my pay until a deal is reached and the government reopens.”