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House votes to pay federal workers during shutdown
WASHINGTON (NEWSCHANNEL 3) Capitol Hill sees a bit of a compromise from Congress Saturday. A broad bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives passed a bill granting back pay to furloughed federal employees.
This comes five days after the federal government shut down after Congress failed to reach a budget deal. Both sides took to the airwaves again, making it seem as though there's no end in sight to this shutdown showdown.
In President Obama's weekly radio address, he said, "That's why I won't pay a ransom in exchange for reopening the government. And I certainly won't pay a ransom in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. For as reckless as a government shutdown is, an economic shutdown that comes with default would be dramatically worse."
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said in the Republican response, "The Democrats have calculated that by prolonging the shutdown, and maximizing the pain, they can bully Republicans into doing whatever President Obama and Majority Leader Reid want them to do.
The Senate is also expected to pass back pay legislation.