D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced legislation to get back pay for some federal contractors impacted by the shutdown. Federal workers already received back pay from when they were locked out of their jobs. Not so for most contractors. Norton's bill doesn't apply to all contractors, just low-wage workers in all three branches of government.
It's aimed at retail, food, custodial and security service workers who were furloughed. Many of them make minimum wage, and Norton maintains they have no way to recoup their lost earnings. She says many other contractors, such as people in the defense field, were able to avoid taking a pay cut during the shutdown through rearranging vacation days and doing training seminars.
The legislation now has 11 cosponsors.