This is nothing new and was expected to happen. The furloughed workers during the 1995-1996 shutdown were retroactively paid as well.<quoted text>What is really stupid is that with 800,000 federal workers laid off, congress now says they will get paid for staying home. WTF
That is costing taxpayers over 250,000,000 dollars per day. Why close it if you are going to pay them anyway?
Nancy Pelosi said the ones at home are "non-essential" jobs. If this is the case why aren't those "non essential" jobs eliminated?