Federal Employee Civil Assistance Act Prevents Loss of Home, Car or Health Insurance, Delay in Student Loan Payments, and Negative Effects on Credit History

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WASHINGTON – Today, we Senator Brian schatz (D-Hawai’i) and we Representing Derek kilmer (D-Wash.) Reintroduced legislation to protect federal workers and their families from foreclosures, evictions and defaults during a government shutdown. The Federal Employee Civil Relief Act would allow government employees and contractors to defer payment obligations during a shutdown and for 30 days after.

“Federal workers are dedicated public servants who inspect our food and water, maintain our parks and take care of our veterans. The last choice they should have to make is between feeding their families and keeping the lights on, ”said Senator Schatz. “This bill will protect them from any harm that may arise during Republicans try to score political points.

“No family should have a hard time paying their bills and providing for their family because of the failure of the federal government to do its job,” said Representative Kilmer. “Federal workers are not Democrats Where Republicans when they show up for work. They are public servants who protect our sailors through their work at the shipyard, who prepare timber sales in federal forests, who welcome visitors to national parks, who take care of our veterans, who ensure that citizens can get the services they need that keep us safe. We should have their backs. This is why I lead the legislation with Senator Schatz to make sure that if federal workers in our area face another government shutdown, their finances – and their families – are protected. “

During the december 2018 government shutdown, many federal workers received pay stubs with zero dollars on it. This bill addresses the real threat that federal workers and contractors lose their homes, fall behind on student loans and other bills, get their cars repossessed, or lose their health insurance because they have been put in. leave during a closure or forced to work without pay. The Federal Employee Civil Relief Act would protect affected workers from:

* Being expelled or foreclosed;

* Have their car or other property repossessed;

* Fall behind in their student loan payments;

* Have negative effects on their credit history;

* Fall behind in paying their bills; Where

* Losing their insurance due to missed premiums.

* This protection would last during an outage and 30 days after an outage to give workers a chance to meet their bills. In each of these situations, this would allow those workers to ask a court to temporarily postpone payment obligations or eviction or foreclosure actions. This would allow the courts to weigh the equity of both parties to the contract in deciding how contractual obligations should be treated.

The Federal Employee Civil Relief Act is co-sponsored by we Senators Dick durbin (Dill.), Tim kaine (D-Va.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben cardin (D-Md.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai’i), Jeff Merkley (Golden.), Diane finstein (D-California), Richard blumenthal (D-Conn.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Bernie sanders (I-Vt.), And Chris Murphy (D-Conn.). He is co-sponsored in the House of Representatives by representatives Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), And Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.)

This legislation is supported by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), National Union of Treasury Employees (NTEU), Federal Association of Law Enforcement Officers (FLEOA), and the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE).

Read this original document at: https://www.schatz.senate.gov/news/press-releases/news-schatz-kilmer-reintroduce-legislation-to-protect-federal-workers-contractors-their-families-from- lose-their-house-fall-on-bills-during-closure

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