When the 112th Congress failed to come to an agreement on funding for the Federal Aviation Administration the funding expired on July 23, 2011 and 4,000 federal workers were furloughed, but FAA workers didn’t just walk off the job and leave everyone stranded. Key personnel continued to work and they continued to work without pay for a two week period of time, with some paying their associated expenses out of their own pockets. On August 5 the FAA was temporarily funded through September 16, 2011 (three days from now).
When government workers are furloughed Congress must provide authorization for back-pay for government workers furloughed during a shut-down.
They were told they would receive back-pay and an earlier version of the bill included back-pay, but according to a GovExec September 12, 2011 article the latest draft of the bill does not include this provision.
Another ploy to force President Obama to kowtow to their demands?
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