It was spurred by Interior’s decision last week to bring in 40 employees to work on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s national offshore oil leasing plan. That plan, as initially drafted, would open up far more of Alaska’s federal waters to oil development.
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.'”