White House supports back pay for federal workers

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In this Oct. 4, 2013, photo, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Md., center, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, during an event with the Democratic Progressive Caucus and furloughed federal employees blaming House Republicans on the government shutdown. From left are, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., Hoyer, Rep. Bernard Sanders and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas. Republicans and Democrats have wasted little time trying to use the first federal government shutdown in a generation for political advantage ahead of next year's midterm elections, seizing on the plight of furloughed workers and shuttered government services to cast blame on each other. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it supports House legislation to give back pay to federal workers furloughed during the current partial government shutdown.

The White House Office of Management and Budget issued a statement commending Congress for moving quickly on the bill, which has bipartisan support.

The White House has opposed other piecemeal efforts by House Republicans to restore money to some functions of government during the partial shutdown. White House officials have said the House should reopen the entire government and not pick agencies and programs over others.

The budget office statement says the back-pay bill, quote, "will not address the serious consequences of the funding lapse, nor will a piecemeal approach to appropriations bills."

In the 1995-96 government shutdowns, furloughed workers were retroactively given full pay.