October 05, 2013


Washington, D.C. –U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro released this statement following passage of the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act:  
“Today, I voted to make sure that furloughed workers will receive their pay once the government shutdown is over, because it is the right thing to do. Texas is home to over 130,000 federal employees, 13 national parks, and 15 military installations. This shut down is hurting Texans and folks across the nation. The government shutdown is not their fault and they should not bear the brunt of this congressional gridlock.
As we hit day 5 of this stalemate, I—along with hundreds of Representatives—sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner demanding a vote on a full continuing resolution that would reopen government and put an end to this irresponsible shutdown. I remain committed to working with all of my colleagues to ensure that we come to a responsible solution and lift up our economy.”