Scanlon Applauds Bill Helping Fed Workers

January 22, 2019

Rep. Sean Scanlon praises the bipartisan passage Tuesday of legislation for helping federal workers caught in the government shutdown in Connecticut.

“Federal employees in our state who have been furloughed or forced to work without pay because of the shutdown have become the innocent victims caught in the middle of a politically-motivated crisis with no end in sight,” Rep. Scanlon said. “They and their families are paying the price, and I’m happy we could do something to lighten the unfair financial burden being put on them.”

“These are our family, friends and neighbors who by no fault of their own are being unfairly punished by a breakdown in Washington,” Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz and House Majority Leader Matt Ritter said in a joint statement as the House passed the legislation.

“We appreciate Governor Lamont, the Connecticut Bankers’ Association and the participating banks for finding a way to help those impacted by the shutdown,” they said.

The legislation, also approved by the Senate, later in the day was signed by Gov. Ned Lamont:

  • Establishes a no-interest loan program under CHFA for federal employees who are not currently being paid because of the shutdown
  • Allows that if the federal government changes federal rules regarding the unemployment insurance program, there will be a change to our state unemployment laws allowing the federal employees who are forced to work without being paid to be eligible for unemployment compensation
  • Allows towns, with the approval of their legislative body, to allow federal employees affected by the shutdown to delay paying tax bills, sewer fees, etc