Capitol police got a standing ovation and a flood of tweeted praise from the House following Thursday's incident in which shots were fired and the Capitol was put on lockdown in response to a car chase, leaving a police officer injured.
We all owe the Capitol Police a debt of gratitude for their work every day; no finer examples of professionalism & bravery.
One thing Capitol police are not getting, though—at least not while Boehner lacks the professionalism and bravery to stand up to the most extreme elements in his caucus and hold a vote on a clean continuing resolution—is their paychecks
Capitol Police officers aren’t subject to furloughs, so they’re still on the job. But – like all federal workers who are deemed essential and are working during the shutdown -- their next paycheck won't be until the shutdown ends.
Guidance from the Office of Management and Budget says that workers who are exempt from furloughs will receive pay for their time at work. But that can only happen after Congress passes and the president signs a new appropriation or continuing resolution.
As Sen. Bernie Sanders says
, this is "a national disgrace":
“I suspect at the end of the day they will get paid, but they have mortgages to meet, they have college loans to meet,” Sanders said. “These are not millionaires. They are struggling people who have families and kids.”
But Republicans apparently feel that applause and tweets are adequate substitutes for paychecks.
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