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Obama supports back pay for furloughed government workers

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President Obama supports a bill that would provide back pay to federal workers furloughed during the government shutdown, the administration said Friday.

“Federal workers keep the nation safe and secure and provide vital services that support the economic security of American families,” the Office of Management and Budget said in a statement. “The administration appreciates that the Congress is acting promptly to move this bipartisan legislation and looks forward to the bill's swift passage.”

The House will vote on the bill Saturday, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., announced. It is unclear when the Senate will take up the measure.

The government shutdown has now entered its fourth day and neither Democrats nor Republicans seem intent on compromising anytime soon.

The administration, though, did not say whether Obama would veto the bill if it was passed in a piecemeal fashion. The president has threatened to veto GOP legislation that would individually restore funding for national parks and veterans affairs, among other measures, but not stop the government shutdown.

“This bill alone, however, will not address the serious consequences of the funding lapse, nor will a piecemeal approach to appropriations bills,” OMB added. “The House of Representatives should allow a straight up or down vote on [a clean continuing resolution].”

The back-pay bill in the House has more than 150 cosponsors from both parties.

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