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Old 01-14-2019, 03:06 PM
DSYoungEsq is offline
Join Date: Jul 1999
Location: Indian Land, S Carolina
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It should be pointed out that the legislation linked above is nothing but a piece of feel-good optics; if the shut-down lasted months, and the only way to get an agreement on re-opening the government was to agree to pay them back only 80% of their back pay (for whatever reason), the Congress would just make new law making that legal.

Further, the legislation doesn't really change the discussion about whether or not the requirement that they work without receiving pay violates the 13th Amendment (though that's exactly what it is attempting to do). Telling me I MUST work now to keep my job, but that I will be paid at some unspecified point in the distant future is not significantly different from telling me I must work now to keep my job, but that I probably will be paid at some distant point in the future.