Sending Office: Honorable Terri A. Sewell
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LAST CALL: Become an Original Co-Sponsor of the Back-Pay Fairness Act

Rep. Terri A. Sewell

Original Cosponsors: Dutch Ruppersberger, Gwen Moore, Jamie Raskin

Deadline for Originals: February 7, 2019 NOON

Senate Companion (S. 222) Sponsors: Senators Doug Jones, Ben Cardin, Tim Kaine, Chris Van Hollen, Mazie Hirono, Ron Wyden, Tammy Baldwin, Amy Klobuchar, Jeanne Shaheen, Mark Warner, Brian Schatz, Jeff Merkley

This bill is supported by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)

Dear Colleague:

Please join me in introducing the House companion to the Back Pay Fairness Act. This bill would provide back pay to federal workers impacted by the government shutdown – with interest. When Congress voted to re-open the government in January, all impacted
federal employees received compensation for wages lost during the government shutdown. However, many federal workers were forced to incur additional costs associated with the shutdown, including late payments on bills and loans.

Government shutdowns create significant financial insecurity for federal employees. Not only should the government pay back lost wages, it should work to reverse the real long-term financial pain they cause. When taxpayers owe the federal government, interest
accrues on late payments. There should be no difference when the federal government owes its hardworking employees.

The Back Pay Fairness Act would provide federal workers back pay with interest matched to the Treasury Prompt Payment policy, the same interest rate federal agencies pay on late payments to vendors and contractors. The legislation will retroactively apply
to all government shutdowns after December 22, 2018 and provide future security by ensuring federal workers will receive due pay with accrued interest for all future shutdowns.

To become an original cosponsor of the Back Pay Fairness Act, contact Hillary Beard at


Terri A. Sewell

Member of Congress (AL-07)

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