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Updated Oct 6, 2013 - 9:54 am

House passes bill to grant retroactive pay to furloughed workers

Rep. Steven M. Palazzo, R-Miss., and other lawmakers come and go from the House of Representatives during a vote for back pay for government workers who have been furloughed during the government shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. With the partial shutdown entering its fifth day, the GOP-run House passed a bill Saturday that would make sure the furloughed workers get paid for not working. The 407-0 vote in the House was uniquely bipartisan, even as lawmakers continued their partisan rhetoric. The Senate is expected to OK it, too. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

PHOENIX -- The House of Representatives passed a bill Saturday morning in Washington, D.C., to give roughly 800,000 government workers retroactive pay once the government shutdown ends.

ABC 15 reports the bill passed with a 407-0 vote on a rare Saturday session in the House.

The Senate needs to OK the bill first, and the Associated Press said it is expected to be approved. The White House reportedly backs the legislation as well.

The government has been shut down since Tuesday, which was the beginning of the new budget year.

After the bill was passed, members of the House were expected to leave town and not return until Monday.

There is no significant progress in Congress for ending the shutdown.

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