Dingell, Upton: Give jobless benefits to federal workers

The U.S. Capitol Building is pictured on November 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Democrat and Republican in Michigan’s congressional delegation are proposing legislation to let states provide unemployment benefits to federal employees working without pay during the partial government shutdown.

Those workers currently cannot collect the benefits, under guidance to states from the U.S. Labor Department. Reps. Debbie Dingell and Fred Upton introduced the bill Wednesday.

Dingell, a Democrat, says extending unemployment benefits to the federal employees “is the right thing to do.” Upton, a Republican, says no federal worker “should be punished because elected officials keep dropping the ball.”

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other Democratic governors last week asked the Trump administration for authorization to offer unemployment benefits to federal workers who continue to work. But the Labor Department said they would not be eligible unless new legislation is enacted.

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3 comments

  • Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

    Dear Congresscritters Upton and Dingell;

    Instead of asking for unemployment benefits (which would have to be paid back), how about doing your damn job and get a budget done on time (it was due no later than 30 September 2018)!

    No vacations, no junkets, no anything else! You (all congress) should be working non-stop to fix the issue and get this shutdown ended! Instead, you take vacations, media events and get PAID!

    Remember, you are Americans, not demoncrats or rinos!

    • Dary Allen

      LANSING — The State Senate passed its budget bills for 2019 on Thursday, leaving significant differences to resolve with the House budget bills passed on April 24.
      Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lawton, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, praised “a conservative budget that spends taxpayers’ money in a responsible manner.”

      Umm, this was printed May 2018 in the Detroit Free Press, although I agree with your bottom line message.

  • steve

    I thought Trump had suggested this a couple of weeks ago, with the employees being responsible to repay anything after they receive their back pay. As I say, I believe I heard or read it, but I can’t find it anywhere, although with today’s media it may simply have vanished.

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