R 403
2019 -- S 1010
Enacted 06/26/2019

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senator Valarie J. Lawson
Date Introduced: June 25, 2019

     WHEREAS, The last Federal Government Shutdown was thirty-five days long and
occurred from December 22, 2018, until January 25, 2019; and
     WHEREAS, Government shutdowns usually last for a short duration of time, but they
could still have a financial impact on federal employees; and
     WHEREAS, During a government shutdown, many federal employees do not get paid;
     WHEREAS, When federal employees miss a paycheck, it can be very hard on them to
pay their rents or mortgages, car insurance, or even buy food; and
     WHEREAS, Homeowners who have mortgages and federal employees who owe any
student loans are still expected to pay even if they are not getting paid; and
     WHEREAS, The majority of Americans cannot maintain their obligations without
regular paychecks; and
     WHEREAS, Some federal employees have to take out loans to be able to afford
necessities during a government shutdown; and
     WHEREAS, Federal employees who are considered full-time excepted workers are those
still performing full-time work but not being compensated during a government shutdown; and
     WHEREAS, Under Federal law, excepted employees are not considered unemployed
and, therefore, are not eligible for unemployment compensation; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations is
hereby aware that the Congress of the United States is now considering options to address this
issue; and, be it further
     RESOLVED, That this Senate hereby respectfully urges the Congress of the United
States to immediately adopt the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees Excepted
from Furlough Program as was previously enacted on January 6, 1996, under Title III of P.L.
102-94; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That this Senate hereby respectfully urges that these federal employees be
eligible for unemployment compensation with respect to any lapse in appropriations, and that
there should be no waiting period for eligibility to accrue; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That this Senate respectfully urges that when these federal employees
receive their back pay, they shall promptly reimburse any unemployment benefits they have
received as a result of the federal government shutdown; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Honorable Donald J. Trump, President of
the United States, the Honorable Gina M. Raimondo, Governor of the State of Rhode Island, the
Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the Honorable
Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, United States Senate, and the Rhode Island
Congressional Delegation.