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UPDATE: House passes bill to give shutdown workers back pay

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- 80,000 federal employees who have been out of work since the government shutdown on October 1 are still likely to get paid.

On Saturday, the House passed a bill that would assure back pay when the government reopens. The Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act passed with a unanimous vote and is expected to pass in the Senate as well. 

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A partial government shutdown enters its fifth day, with Congress convening for a session that promises no progress in breaking the impasse but will at least offer back pay to furloughed federal workers.

The GOP House is scheduled Saturday to vote on legislation backed by the White House and congressional Democrats that would make sure the 800,000 sidelined government employees get their pay when the shutdown ends.

The Senate is expected to clear that bill later, even as early as Saturday, for President Barack Obama's signature.

Lawmakers keep replaying the same script on Capitol Hill: House Republicans pass piecemeal bills to reopen popular and politically sensitive programs while Democrats insist that the House vote on a measure to reopen all of government, though there seems little chance of that.

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