The House voted unanimously Saturday to retroactively pay back federal workers who are not receiving a paycheck because of the government shutdown.
Members approved the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act, H.R. 3223, in a 407-0 vote, with 25 members not voting.
Workers will not be paid until the shutdown — now in its fifth day — ends. About 800,000 workers have been furloughed.
The vote was a rare showing of bipartisanship in a week filled with fighting and finger-pointing over the shutdown, the first in 17 years. The bill drew praise from the White House this week, and the Senate could pass it as early as today when it reconvenes at noon.
In the debate preceeding the vote, Republicans sought to score points in the broader fight by arguing that Democrats were more interested in ensuring that workers were paid than in opening the government.