A bill passed Oct. 5 by the House of Representatives that would grant back pay to furloughed federal employees in the government shutdown stalled in the Senate. As of Oct. 10, the Democratic-controlled Senate had yet to vote on the bill, which passed 407-0 in the Republican-controlled House.

Under the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act, "federal employees furloughed as a result of any lapse in appropriations which begins on or about October 1, 2013, shall be compensated at their standard rate of compensation, for the period of such lapse in appropriations, as soon as practicable after such lapse in appropriations ends."

The House version of the bill, sponsored by Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), had 177 co-sponsors. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) sponsored the legislation in the Senate, which currently has 27 co-sponsors.

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