Federal Government Shudown Enters Fourth Day As Congressional Impasse Remains

| by Khier Casino

As the federal government shutdown enters its fourth day on Friday, Congress remains at an impasse with no signs of resolution to its fiscal battle.

But one thing President Obama and House Republicans can agree on is that federal employees furloughed during the shutdown should be able to get back pay once the government opens again.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Obama was at a Maryland-based construction company Thursday. He called attention to Republicans and that conditions should not be attached to bills that strengthen the government. The only solution is for Republicans to change their minds and reopen the government.

Officials from the White House are certain they are at an advantage, and they believe that some Republicans are beginning to give in under pressure from the public.

“‘We are winning…It doesn’t really matter to us’ how long the shutdown lasts ‘because what matters is the end result,’” a senior administration official told The Wall Street Journal.

House Republicans are scheduled to vote on Saturday on the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act. Originally against piecemeal bills, the Obama Administration said Friday it completely supports the measure that will resolve the shutdown.

“Federal workers keep the Nation safe and secure and provide vital services that support the economic security of American families. The Administration appreciates that the Congress is acting promptly to move this bipartisan legislation and looks forward to the bill’s swift passage,” said a Statement of Administration Policy. “This bill alone, however, will not address the serious consequences of the funding lapse, nor will a piecemeal approach to appropriations bills.”

The way should also be clear for Senate passage as the White House gives its support. Discussions regarding the matter are still being made between Democrats and the White House, a senior Senate Democratic aide said. If the White House gets involved, the Senate would likely accept it.

The debt ceiling will be reached no later than Oct. 17, the Treasury Department believes.