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The House and Senate this week voted overwhelmingly to provide back pay to about 800,000 federal workers who ar

The House and Senate this week voted overwhelmingly to provide back pay to about 800,000 federal workers who are going without paychecks because of the partial government shutdown.

In 2013, the House approved back pay for government workers in that year's shutdown in a 407-0 vote. The same measure received unanimous support in the Senate.

Most of the House Republicans who voted against Friday's measure are members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, a group that frequently dissents on legislation that provides federal spending.

Government workers who are either furloughed or working without pay during the shutdown that's now in its 21st day missed their first paycheck on Friday, creating both financial hardship and uncertainty for employees. Many workers had their previous checks docked for one day of pay — Dec. 22, the first day of the shutdown — which coincided with the last day of a common federal pay period.