Congressman Gonzalez co-sponsors bill to provide back pay for government contractors affected by shutdown

U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, has co-sponsored a resolution that would work to reimburse federal contractors’ lost wages, according to a news release.

In his efforts to put whole again federal employees impacted by the recent government shutdown, Gonzalez is promoting House Resolution 824, which would provide back pay of up to $1,400 per week for affected people, including at least 35,000 federal employees in Texas.

“It is important that Congress address the severe consequences of the recent government shutdown,” Gonzalez said. “These individuals deserve to get paid, and so do the contractors that support our efforts.”

The release goes on to state that the congressman will continue to fight for the aforementioned workers, as such he continues to support smart, practical funding solutions that help Americans and the economy remain “afloat.”  

Earlier this week the Congressional Budget Office reported that the “Trump Shutdown” cost the U.S. economy $11 billion from the fourth quarter of 2018 to the first quarter of 2019 — $3 billion of which was lost permanently, a release states.