WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Five-hundred-thousand furloughed federal workers certainly didn't ask to stay home from work every day, but now that's the case. It's looking like they may very well receive full back pay after all. But is that compensation is fair, for work that isn't happening?
Hundreds of thousands of furloughed government employees were home for a 10th day Thursday. While there's no clear resolution to the shutdown in sight, it does look more likely that those federal workers will eventually receive full pay.
“Because the government shut it down and it wasn't their choice, I believe it's fair. They should be getting a check. They're not the ones who initiated the shutdown,” said Jean Beaudoin from Ludlow.
During the last government shutdown in '95-'96, furloughed workers were fully compensated for the time they were forced off the job. The House of Representatives has already voted unanimously for full back pay this time around, and the White House supports it. Now it's up to the Senate.
- Timeline: Past government shutdowns
$115 million a day, that's how much would be owed in back pay to these federal workers. That amount of money wouldn't have much of an impact on the nation’s deficit, but some told 22News any amount of money is too much if the work's not getting done.
“It's such a tough issue. If you know you're going to get paid than you should show up because eventually you're going to get paid for it. Why not, if you know the paycheck is coming,” said Joe Legein from Southwick.
Republican Representative Mark Sanford -- South Carolina's former governor, called his furloughed staff back to work this week.. to prevent what he called "an extended, taxpayer-subsidized vacation."