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H.R. 1117 (116th): Shutdown Fairness Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 8, 2019 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



1st Session

H. R. 1117


February 8, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means


To clarify that individuals excepted from furlough and paid unemployment compensation on the basis of Federal service during any lapse in appropriations occurring in fiscal year 2019 are deemed eligible for such compensation.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Shutdown Fairness Act of 2019.


Clarification related to eligibility for unemployment compensation


In general

Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, beginning on December 22, 2018, any individual who is paid unemployment compensation by a State, on the basis of the individual’s Federal service (as defined in section 8501 or 8521 of title 5, United States Code), for a week during fiscal year 2019 during any part of which a lapse in appropriations is in effect with respect to which the individual is excepted from furlough shall be deemed to be totally separated from Federal service and eligible for unemployment compensation benefits under subchapter I of chapter 85 of title 5 of the United States Code for such week.


Effective date

This section shall apply with respect to weeks beginning on or after December 22, 2018.