Schumer Dismisses Another Shutdown: 'Trump Touched A Very Hot Stove'

January 27, 2019 - 1:12 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Sen. Chuck Schumer is looking to get federal workers their back pay as soon as possible and also looking to keep another shutdown from happening again.

“Thank God the shutdown is over,” he said.

Schumer says the White House now needs to start giving federal workers what they are owed. He sent a letter to President Trump saying as much.

“The administration doesn't seem to have a specific time or date. They said some will get paid early this week. Some will get paid later this week,” Schumer said. “We need all hands on deck, even if they have to bring in new people and pay them a little overtime to get the checks to people quickly.”

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Federal contractors are not guaranteed any back pay, but Schumer also wants them to get some help. He’s supporting legislation that would avoid anything like the record-setting 35-day shutdown from happening again.

“If the president and the Congress cannot come to agreement, the federal workers are still paid at the level they had always been paid instead of shutting off all the funds,” Schumer said.

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Schumer does not expect another shutdown in three weeks, saying the conference committee of Democrats and Republicans from both chambers should be able to hammer something out.

“I think President Trump touched a very hot stove,” the senator said.

Schumer says Democrats are still against wall funding but they are willing to talk about other ways of securing the border.