Fighting to Ensure Federal Employees Get Paid

Congressman Gerry Connolly
2013-10-05 11:48:39
Congressman Gerry E. Connolly - Representing the 11th District of Virginia Dear Friend, It is shameful what's happening in Washington right now. The House majority is holding hostage the American economy, and for what? They refuse to accept that the Affordable Care is the law of the land. They had three bites at the apple. First, they tried to defeat the bill in Congress. Then, they tried to contest it before the Supreme Court. Finally, the American public had a presidential election on this very issue. Each time, each challenge, the law was upheld. Can it be improved? Yes, and I am willing to join my colleagues in working to refine this legislation. But is it worth shutting down the government, forcing dedicated public servants to stay home from work without pay, and threatening our economy? Absolutely not.� Every one of us knows someone directly impacted by the shutdown. It may be you, a family member, or a neighbor who is furloughed. It is unacceptable that our federal employees are being forced to pay the price for the shutdown. This is why I have been working tirelessly with a bipartisan group in Congress to ensure at the very least our federal employees are made whole from these completely avoidable furloughs. After every other shutdown federal employees have received retroactive pay, and this shutdown should be no different. Thankfully, I am happy to report that today the House of Representatives passed my legislation to ensure all federal employees receive the pay they deserve.� This is a good victory, but I realize my work is not done. I will continue to push the House majority to finally take up the Senate-passed clean continuing resolution. If they allowed a simple up-or-down vote on this legislation the shutdown would be over tomorrow. The American public deserves better than what they have witnessed this past week. Let's open up the government. Sincerely, [image = connolly.congressnewsletter.net/images/user_images/Connollysig.jpg] Gerald E. Connolly Member of Congress 11th District of Virginia
October 05, 2013

Dear Friend,

It is shameful what's happening in Washington right now. The House majority is holding hostage the American economy-and for what? They refuse to accept that the Affordable Care is the law of the land. They had three bites at the apple. First, they tried to defeat the bill in Congress. They failed. Then, they tried to contest it before the Supreme Court. They failed. Finally, the American public had a presidential election and debated this very issue. They failed again. Each time, each challenge, the law was upheld. Can it be improved? Yes, and I am eager to join my colleagues in working to refine this legislation. But is it worth shutting down the government, forcing dedicated public servants to stay home from work without pay, and threatening our economy? Absolutely not. 

Every one of us knows someone directly affected by the shutdown. It may be you, a family member, or a neighbor who is furloughed. It is unacceptable that our federal employees are being held hostage, and asked to pay the price for the shutdown. This is why I have been working tirelessly with a bipartisan group in Congress to ensure that, at the very least, our federal employees are made whole from these completely avoidable furloughs. After every other shutdown federal employees have received retroactive pay, and this shutdown should be no different.

Thankfully, I am happy to report that today the House of Representatives passed our legislation to ensure all federal employees receive the pay they deserve. 

This is a good victory, but I realize our work is far from done. I will continue to push the House majority to take up the Senate-passed clean continuing resolution. If we were allowed a simple up-or-down vote on this legislation the shutdown would be over tomorrow. The American public deserves better than what they have witnessed this past week. Let's open up the government!

Sincerely,


Gerald E. Connolly
Member of Congress
11th District of Virginia

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