Sen. Wyden teams up with other lawmakers seeking justice for contractors hammered by government shut-downWyden Introduces Bill to Protect Government Contractors During Shutdowns
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, Catherine Cortez Masto and Patty Murray have introduced legislation that would ensure federal contractors affected by a government shutdown can withdraw funds from their retirement savings without being penalized.
“Federal employees who missed paychecks during the Trump shutdown will eventually get their back pay, but nobody should forget about the millions of contractors and their families left uncovered after a senseless five-week shutdown,” said Wyden, Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee.
“When the government shuts down and contractors miss paychecks through no fault of their own, they should not be penalized for dipping temporarily into their retirement savings to make ends meet,” Wyden said. “This is a commonsense way to relieve some of the financial pressure that government shutdowns inflict on contractors, many of whom are already living paycheck to paycheck in the best of circumstances.”
In addition to Wyden, Cortez Masto and Murray, original co-sponsors of the Emergency Relief for Federal Contractors Act of 2019 introduced Wednesday are Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bob Casey (Pa.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.).