WASHINGTON (WAVY) - It’s “Day Four” of the government shutdown, and in the midst of all of the partisan politics, there was a glimmer of hope from Capitol Hill Friday.
10 On Your Side's Art Kohn learned of a legislation that would require furloughed workers to receive retroactive pay from the period beginning on or about Oct. 1. The measure would benefit about 800,000 federal employees across the nation – many of whom live in Hampton Roads.
The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on its version of the bill Saturday.
As of Friday afternoon, 152 congressmen, including 18 Republicans, have added their names to the measure, which was introduced by Representative Frank Wolf, a Republican, and sponsored by Congressman Jim Moran, a Democrat -- both from Virginia.
Democratic Congressman Bobby Scott is also co-sponsoring the bill, and all of Virginia's Republican delegation in the House has co-sponsored the measure, among them 2nd District Congressman Scott Rigell.
In the Senate, almost identical legislation calling for retroactive pay has been introduced, and both of Virginia's Senators, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, support the measure. The odds of the legislation passing through Congress are favorable; Congress has granted back-pay to furloughed federal employees after each of the past 16 shutdowns since 1976.
Each Hampton fire station got a new pet oxygen mask, courtesy of Invisible Fence Brand of Hampton Roads.
A Newport News man is wanted in connection to a shooting in Hampton over the weekend.
Norfolk Police need help identifying two suspects who tried to rob a tobacco store Friday afternoon.