U.S. House of Representatives

Congress approves back pay for federal workers as Maryland unemployment insurance requests top 2,500

Congress approves back pay for federal workers as Maryland unemployment insurance requests top 2,500

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday overwhelmingly approved legislation — pushed by Maryland lawmakers — to guarantee back pay for hundreds of thousands of federal employees as the partial government shutdown approached record length.

Meanwhile, the Maryland labor department said it has received 2,550 unemployment insurance benefit applications related to the shutdown through Thursday, more than double the figure of a week earlier.

The Senate had already passed the back pay measure, which was sponsored by Maryland Democrats Ben...

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