The House voted in a rare Saturday session to give back pay to furloughed federal employees. The measure is intended to reduce the hardship on those workers resulting from the ongoing partial government shutdown.
The vote was 407-0.
According to CNN, approximately 800,000 federal workers have been without pay since Tuesday, when the deadline passed for Congress to pass a budget for the new fiscal year.
It's unclear, however, if or when the measure will go into effect. Although the White House on Friday said the president would sign the measure, Congressional Democrats oppose incremental fixes to the partial government shutdown as they have said that approach effectively allows Congressional conservatives to pick and choose which programs and services to fund. Nonetheless, the bill passed the House with near unanimous bipartisan support.
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