FAIRBANKS, Alaska - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski joined 28 of her colleagues Monday in sending a bipartisan letter to Margaret Weichert, the Acting Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, urging the Administration to provide back pay for federal workers as soon as possible.
According to a press release from Murkowski's office, the Senators wrote, "More than 800,000 federal workers have gone without pay because the government shutdown locked them out of their jobs or required them to work without pay. These workers need to know now when they will finally receive their missed paychecks.”
In addition to Senators Lisa Murkowski and Chris Van Hollen, signees of the letter included: Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Susan M. Collins (R-Maine), Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.), Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), and Angus King (I-Maine).