I agree wholeheartedly with “I.got.an.idea” on this. Not only should government employees receive back pay but a bonus to help cover late fees and the great many hardships caused by the shutdown. This must come out of the republicans pay to remind them that there are consequences to their actions.
I believe the many contractors are due backpay in some instances - the cleaners, for instance.
McConnell and the other republicans enabled 45 to act irresponsibly in full knowledge of the consequences to the American people, but did his bidding anyway out of political ambition and personal gain. I am disgusted by this so-called Republican Party to which I had at one time been a registered member. Never again!