New Mexicans on federal employee back pay act

Posted at: 10/05/2013 10:00 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

On Saturday, some of New Mexico's congressional delegates spoke out about how the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act is important for a state. 

All of New Mexico's representatives voted for the bill, which passed unanimously.

They also brought Sandia and Los Alamos National labs into the conversation.

Saturday morning, Representative Ben Ray Lujan took the floor to make sure lab employees will now, and in the future, be protected by the act.

"We are sending the message that DOE should certify backpay for lab employees as an employee cost as an allowable cost so they will be made whole if they are furloughed," Ben Ray Lujan said.

Labs have remained open for the most part during the shutdown, using money they had saved.

New Mexico Representative Michelle Lujan-Grisham also reached out to us about the bill.

She sent a statement that reads:

"The hardworking federal employees in New Mexico and across the country did not cause this government shutdown. They should not be unfairly punished for House Republicans' callous irresponsibility."

KOB Eyewitness News 4 reached out to Congressman Steve Pearce also.

Staff auto-replies said they would not be responding because they are furloughed.

KOB has gotten no responses from Pearce's camp since the shutdown started.