AUSTIN, Texas — Congress last week passed a bill that would allow the thousands of furloughed workers to get paid backpay once the government reopens.

One Central Texas representative was among a handful to vote against the bill.

Chip Roy is the newly elected representative for the 21st Congressional District. In a statement, he explained his father was a 25-year federal employee. 

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"There is no question that we should pay federal workers," said Roy. "I do not, however, support putting federal spending on autopilot indefinitely or authorizing future pay irrespective of the circumstances."

That legislation passed by Congress guarantees backpay in the event of a future shutdown, which is why some voted against the bill.

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