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READ: Seung Min Kim Tweets That Senator Roy Blunt Told Reporters That ‘I’ve Been Told the President Won’t Sign’ a Bill That Gives Back Pay to Federal Contractors

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US President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC on February 12, 2019. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Word emerged earlier this week that Congressional negotiators had come to a tentative agreement to fund the government and ensure we avoid another government shutdown.

Donald Trump had signaled he would likely reluctantly sign the agreement, even though it didn’t have the $5.7 billion in wall funding, “barring any drafting surprises or last-minute additions by Democrats,” officials close to Trump told NBC News. The president said he would be “looking for landmines” in the final draft of the legislation.

But now there appears to be yet another thing that could prevent Trump from supporting a deal: Democrats’ proposed back pay for federal contractors.

As Senator Roy Blunt reportedly told reporters:

“I’ve been told the president won’t sign that.”

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said Wednesday that “35 days without pay is a really long time to go without pay for people living paycheck to paycheck.”

Trump’s third shutdown left 800,000 federal workers, many of whom live paycheck-to-paycheck, without pay.

But as Blunt continued, “I guess federal contractors are different in his view than federal employees.”

As for federal contractor back pay, “We are working on that,” Hoyer said. “Whether or not we accomplish that — I hope we will, but that has not been done at this point.”

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) fired back on Twitter:

To which Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) replied:

Umm, no.

People agreed with Van Hollen and were not surprised Trump was opposing such a measure.

Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-SD) tried to explain Trump’s rationale.

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