WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Sens. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and John Kennedy (R-LA) introduced legislation that would protect credit scores from Virginia federal workers and contractors affected by the shutdown.
The senators are calling the bill the Protect Federal Workers' Credit Act, according to a news release.
“The recent shutdown may be over, but federal employees and contractors are still feeling its effects,” Warner said in the news release. “They shouldn’t have their credit scores threatened because the President recklessly decided to shutter the government for 35 days.”
The bipartisan bill would require credit bureaus to remove negative information that was placed on the credit reports of federal workers and contractors who missed payments as a result of a government shutdown.
The shutdown last for 35 days — the longest in U.S. history.
The bill would apply to the recent shutdown and any future government shutdowns.
Virginia is home to more than 170,000 federal employees and thousands of federal government contractors.
In January, Warner introduced legislation that would end the possibility of government shutdowns in the future. The Stop STUPIDITY (Shutdowns Transferring Unnecessary Pain and Inflicting Damage In The Coming Years) Act would protect federal workers from being used during policy negotiations.