By a unanimous
407-0 vote, the U.S. House approved a measure Saturday morning that
would allow the roughly 800,000 furloughed government workers to receive
retroactive pay once a continuing resolution passes Congress and the government reopens.
Also on Saturday, the
Pentagon said its 300,000 civilian employees on furlough would be asked
to come back to work, including many Illinois civilian military workers
who returned to their jobs Monday.
remarks made on the Senate floor over the weekend, Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid said, "It's really cruel to tell workers they'll
receive back pay once the government opens and then refuse to open the
"Let's open the government," Reid stressed.
The White House said it "strongly supports" the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act, and the Senate may possibly take up the legislation sometime Monday, according to USA Today.