January 24, 2019
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced today he was a cosponsor of the Shutdown Fairness Act, legislation that would provide regular paychecks for “excepted” employees who work during a government shutdown. The legislation was introduced by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and is cosponsored by Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.).
“It is ridiculous that Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are blocking funding for the wall from being included in the government funding legislation. We have to build the wall to reduce the flow of drugs and illegal immigrants. While we continue to negotiate, it is important that essential personnel, including air traffic controllers, TSA agents, and Coast Guard service members, be paid while they continue working during the shutdown. Democrats need to come to the table so we can address the border crisis.”
Background on the Shutdown Fairness Act