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Old 01-14-2019, 02:18 PM
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Federal employees have traditionally received back pay. Congress has signed legislation for this to happen this time. Traditionally, the President has signed that legislation; however, we don't have a traditional president at the current time (though Riemann's quote makes it looks pretty veto proof).

However, contractors typically only get paid for the hours they worked. Since they haven't been working the past few weeks, they're not going to get back pay.

Some of these are 'professional' services (engineers, etc.) & some are more blue-collar. There's no need for janitors to clean an unused office building every night. There's no need for food concessions at a shuttered national park, etc.