Frank Wolf

House passes back pay bill for fed employees

The House of Representatives approved a bipartisan bill Saturday to provide back pay to 800,000 furloughed federal employees when the government shutdown ends.

If approved by the Senate, the proposal would limit the economic impact of the shutdown. That's particularly true in Maryland, where tens of thousands of federal workers have been furloughed since agencies closed on Tuesday.

The House voted 407-0 to approve the measure.

"Federal workers didn't cause this shutdown and they shouldn't be punished for it," said Rep. John...