House votes to provide back pay to federal workers after shutdown

WASHINGTON (POOL/CNN) - The House voted unanimously to provide back pay for federal workers furloughed during the government shutdown.

On Friday, the White House said the president would sign the measure.

Some 800,000 workers have been stuck at home without pay since Oct. 1.

That's because Congress failed to pass a budget.

While this bill guarantees retroactive pay, federal workers won't get their paychecks until after the shutdown is over.

"It's really cruel to tell workers they'll receive back pay once the government opens, and then refuse to open the government. Mr. President let's open the government. Hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal servants want to work. They should be allowed to work," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said.

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