This is just another illustration of Fed employees at the teat of the taxpayers.http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/10/18/WaPo-laments-furloughed-worker
If these employees deserve a paycheck for time spent not working, deduct it from their paid vacation.
My thought is if a furloughed employee gets backpay for time off, is it not reasonable for us to expect them to work through the period and get paid when the budget is passed?
If they are non essential in a budget impasse, most likely they are non essential the rest of the time.
Why do we hire non essential people anyway. Seems like a description of the problem to me.