ALG urges OMB elimination of ‘non-essential’ federal employee designation after Congress unconditionally awards back-pay

Jan. 11, 2019, Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to Congressional passage of S.24 guaranteeing back-pay to federal workers in the event of any partial government shutdown:

“OMB should immediately eliminate the non-essential worker distinction as there is now effectively no difference between the two. Nobody should be allowed to stay home, not work and still ultimately get paid. The only reason for essential versus non-essential is because there is a presumed cost savings by not paying non-essential employees. By guaranteeing their pay, there is really no reason to have anyone stay home.”


“Congress agrees almost unanimously to pay furloughed federal workers after government shutdowns end,” By Robert Romano, Jan. 11, 2019 at

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