White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett said the PBS Newshour that federal workers furloughed because of the government shutdown might be “better off” after they return to work because they are getting a free vacation.
Said Hassett: “When the shutdown ends, they go back to work and they get their back pay. A huge share of government workers were going to take vacation days, say, between Christmas and New Year’s. And then we have a shutdown, and so they can’t go to work, and so then they have the vacation, but they don’t have to use their vacation days. And then they come back, and then they get their back pay. Then they’re — in some sense, they’re better off.”Save to Favorites