The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that guarantees currently furloughed government workers back pay. The bill should easily become law; not a single Republican in the House voted against it, which should come as something of a good omen.
There should be no reservations about paying government employees for back pay given that they are out of work through no fault of their own. There should be, however, major reservations about why taxpayers are paying government employees their salaries despite the fact that they are legally barred from working and that no work has been or will be performed until the crisis is resolved.
Paying government employees for work not performed should strike everybody as the worst kind of government waste possible and should symbolize the very waste that politicians on both sides of the aisle rightly condemn.
With that in mind, Congress needs to not only pay our government employees but put our government employees back to work. Accept that after 40+ attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and a Supreme Court case, that Obamacare is here to stay, and that the only real chance to repeal Obamacare came and left with the 2012 election.
Get to work. End the standoff now. And focus all your remaining time and energies on resolving the debt crisis. For as bad as the government shutdown is, a global economic shutdown will be far worse.