IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
January 14, 2019
Mr. Johnson (for himself, Ms. Collins, Ms. Murkowski, Mr. Young, Mr. Alexander, Mr. Cramer, Mr. Lankford, and Mr. Portman) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Appropriations
To appropriate funds for pay and allowances of excepted Federal employees, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Shutdown Fairness Act.
In this section—
the term agency means each authority of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States; and
the term excepted employee—
means an employee of an agency who the head of that agency determines is an excepted employee or an employee performing emergency work, as those terms are defined by the Office of Personnel Management; and
includes a contractor who—
provides support to an employee described in subparagraph (A); and
is required to perform work during a lapse in appropriations, as determined by the head of the agency with respect to which the contractor provides support.
There are appropriated for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for any period during which interim or full-year appropriations for that fiscal year are not in effect, such sums as are necessary to provide pay and allowances to excepted employees who are required to perform work during that period.
Subject to subsection (d), appropriations and funds made available and authority granted under subsection (b) shall be available until whichever of the following first occurs:
The enactment into law of an appropriation (including a continuing appropriation) for any purpose for which amounts are made available under subsection (b).
The enactment into law of the applicable regular or continuing appropriations resolution or other Act without any appropriation for such purpose.
January 1, 2020.
Appropriations made available under subsection (b) may not be obligated during any period during which continuing appropriations for any purpose for which amounts are made available under subsection (b) are in effect.