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Trump Is Refusing to Pay Contractors for Work During the Shutdown
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=38463"><span class="small">Tina Nguyen, Vanity Fair</span></a>   
Thursday, 14 February 2019 13:34

Nguyen writes: "So far, despite all the hurried negotiations over the details of border-security funding, Congress seems to be in agreement that the government will not shut down again on Friday, and has agreed to backpay some 800,000 federal workers the salaries they missed during the previous 35-day shutdown."

Hundreds of federal workers and contractors rally against the partial federal government shutdown outside the headquarters of the AFL-CIO on January 10, 2019, in Washington, D.C. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty)
Hundreds of federal workers and contractors rally against the partial federal government shutdown outside the headquarters of the AFL-CIO on January 10, 2019, in Washington, D.C. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty)


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Trump Is Refusing to Pay Contractors for Work During the Shutdown

By Tina Nguyen, Vanity Fair

14 February 19


The president has a long history of stiffing people who work for him.

o far, despite all the hurried negotiations over the details of border-security funding, Congress seems to be in agreement that the government will not shut down again on Friday, and has agreed to backpay some 800,000 federal workers the salaries they missed during the previous 35-day shutdown. But when it comes to the federal contractors who also went unpaid during that period—up to 580,000 people, according to one estimate—it gets trickier. “I’ve been told the president won’t sign” anything that guarantees them backpay, Senator Roy Blunt told reporters on Wednesday. “I guess federal contractors are different in his view than federal employees.”

On the 2016 campaign trail, it was a well-known (but ultimately overlooked) fact that Trump routinely refused to pay contractors during his career as a businessman. But the idea of paying these contractors reportedly had bipartisan support, until Mitch McConnell shot it down. A legislative source told the Hill that the administrative cost alone to pay back the contractors would be as high as the backpay itself, and that previous shutdown negotiations did not include this provision. “That was not initially part of our deal,” Senator Richard Shelby explained. “I personally would rather keep it narrow in scope.”

Other Republicans, such as John Cornyn, seemed to take joy in turning contractor pain to political gain. “[Nancy] Pelosi and [Chuck] Schumer should have thought about this and other collateral damage when they initially refused to negotiate on border security, something they are apparently now willing to do,” he told NBC News. “Thousands of federal contractors have not been reimbursed from the 35-day shutdown,” Schumer said in response to these reports. “This issue is hanging in the balance. . . . It’s just not fair.”

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+14 # ER444 2019-02-14 15:13
"The Art of the Deal".... Selfish bastards!!!
 
 
+13 # wilhelmscream 2019-02-14 18:41
History repeats itself; Trump=wage theft
 
 
+5 # Texas Aggie 2019-02-15 10:26
Cornyn's comment was par for the course. He is as disgusting and disreputable as Rove. The replies I've gotten from his office to email questions are just like him blaming Pelosi for the shutdown.
 
 
+3 # barbell1941 2019-02-15 14:32
Soon the US government will not be able to get bids on contract work except from the Mafia or the Russians. Just like Trump can't borrow money anywhere but from Russia. Who in their right mind would deal with someone like Trump or the US who won't pay their debts. Now that he is rubbing off on the US, will we ever get the stink off?