Federal employees will get retroactive pay after lawmakers and President Donald Trump agree on spending bills to end the shutdown. Those workers will then have to pay back any unemployment insurance benefits they receive.
“I’ve got a lot of people who are saying ‘Lisa, you’ve got to stand with the president. …'” Murkowski said on the Senate floor. “And then I have an equal number that are saying, ‘Please, please, do something to help reopen this government.'”
One of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s first priorities in the new Congress is to pass a 680-page public lands bill. The bill came within a hair’s breadth of passing late last month, but it was thwarted by a single senator.