Schumer: Government Will Pay Four Months Of Full Salary For Furloughed Workers In Stimulus Proposal

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., walks to his office at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 22, 2018. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Andrew Harrer.

The federal government will pay the full salaries of furloughed workers for up to four months under an emerging stimulus deal expected to get a vote as soon as Tuesday.

Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.), who is negotiating the agreement with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, called the bipartisan agreement on unemployment benefits as “unemployment insurance on steroids.”

The proposal would allow furloughed workers to continue to collect health benefits from employers and a salary from the government.

“You can keep getting them, but, and most importantly, the federal government will pay your salary, your full salary for now four months,” Schumer said on the floor.

Read more at The Hill.



  1. I think Sen Schumer wasn’t completely honest – details appear now to cover an additional $60/week in unemployment, which for many, is a far cry from the full salary promise.


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