Kingston Wants to get the Government back to Work

Kingston Takes Lead on Legislation to Bring Federal Employees Back to Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) introduced a bill to get federal employees back to work in light of the recent government shutdown that furloughed those deemed “nonessential.”

There have been numerous complaints from government workers that the shutdown has prohibited them from carrying out their duties. Currently, FBI agents are unable to attend to their cases, scientists are denied access to their laboratories, and border patrol officers are restricted from performing crucial services that secure our borders.

“People are ready to return to the workplace,” said Kingston. “We are providing them with the means to get back to their jobs.”

As opposed to a layoff in the private sector, federal employees were not permanently dismissed from their positions in an effort to cut spending. This temporary furlough is one that will last until appropriations are provided to fully reopen the government.

The House already passed legislation on October 5th that would provide back pay to furloughed workers. Kingston’s new bill would allow those same federal employees to return to work immediately.

“If we have passed legislation to pay them, why not put them back to work?” said Kingston.

Kingston sponsored legislation with Representatives Frank R. Wolf (R-VA), Jim Moran (D-VA), and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), generating bipartisan support for this act.


  1. saltycracker says:

    Guess congress thinks we are playing virtual chicken…..Fitch warns they might downgrade U.S. credit rating, again, major financial companies unloaded short term treasuries coming due in the next 30 days and we keep on spending……Everyone anticipates congress will reopen the presses and not much will be resolved………but tweeting everyone in the world “what’re you gonna do about it ?” morphs into “paybacks are hell”.

  2. Ellynn says:

    This might have more to do with the number Corp of Engineer regional office in Savannah shutting down Tuesday morning and placing the civil reviews of at least 3 military projects and a couple of dozen wetland permits on hold. Not to mention, all flood zone and coastal waters confirmation for anything being reviewed for permiting and loans. This is on top of the 5 or 6 regional VA centers closed or on limted hours in GA-1, plus the FDA and customs bottle neck at the ports of Brunswick and Savannah.

    • Lea Thrace says:


      That is precisely why he’s chiming in. I bet his constituents have been badgering him because of how held up things are on the coast due to the shutdown.

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