By Alexander Bolton - 10/16/13 06:58 PM EDT
A Senate deal to open the government and raise the debt ceiling would also grant back pay to an estimated 800,000 furloughed federal workers.
The Senate Democratic leadership has told senators representing Maryland and Virginia that the final deal would take care of federal workers who have been denied pay because of the shutdown.
Democratic Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinDems gain upper hand on budget McConnell: Senate could drop flood money from spending bill Funding bill rejected as shutdown nears MORE (Ill.) also said language granting back pay to federal workers was in the bill.
The House voted Oct. 5 to approve a bill granting back pay to all workers furloughed because of the expiration of government funding on Oct. 1.
Cardin and Sens. Tim KaineTim KaineThe Trail 2016: Just a little kick Clinton camp touts 40 more GOP endorsements Kaine leaves campaign trail for VP debate prep MORE (D-Va.), Mark WarnerMark WarnerDemocrats press Wells Fargo CEO for more answers on scandal Democratic tax bill targets foreign reinsurance transactions Leahy wants Judiciary hearing on Yahoo MORE (D-Va.) and Barbara MikulskiBarbara MikulskiSenate Dems: Add Flint aid to spending deal This week: Shutdown deadline looms over Congress Week ahead: Key court date for climate rule; Fight over Flint aid MORE (D-Md.) sponsored Senate companion legislation.
“Through no fault of their own, over 150,000 federal workers in Virginia are facing a second round of furloughs today as a result of House Republicans’ unwillingness to accept a spending bill compromise to fund the government,” Kaine said Oct. 1, when the group unveiled the bill.
Cardin told leaders that any final agreement opening the government and raising the debt limit should include language helping federal workers affected by the shutdown.