On October 5, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that will retroactively pay furloughed federal workers once the government shutdown ends.
The bipartisan bill has White House support, but according to NBC, the Senate is still deciding on how to proceed with the legislation.
While the move may bring a little hope to furloughed federal workers, The Huffington Post reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid doesn't find it encouraging at all. "It's really cruel to tell workers they'll receive back pay once the government opens and then refuse to open the government," he said.
This morning's events follow days of public outcry against the shutdown, much of which is leveled at congressional members' annual $174,000 salaries—which they continue to receive—while other federal workers' livelihoods hang in the balance.
What follows are some of the most memorable responses to the shutdown since it began just five days ago.
"Please Pay Us"
The National Weather Service, where almost 4,000 employees are still working—but without knowledge of when they will be paid—issued the following bulletin out of Anchorage, which The Washington Post reports contains a secret message.
Petitions and Pacifiers
Online petitions calling for a halt to congressional pay until the shutdown's end have collectively garnered more than half a million signatures. One from CREDO promises to send a pacifier to Speaker of the House John Boehner for every signature it receives until he finally calls a vote.
Businesses Support Furloughed Workers
D.C. businesses are staging their own form of protest. Washington City Paper has a lengthy list of local businesses which are offering discounts and free services to furloughed workers while simultaneously charging congressional members regular—or inflated—prices.
But other deals can be had outside of D.C., like this one from Eugene, OR.
Twitter Got Real
Some tweeted what we were all thinking.
Others wished us well...kind of.
The New York Daily News went all in with its cover headline.
Best of Memes
Finally, there are of course, an unending asssortment of memes making the social media rounds. These are some of the most popular.