Thousands of government employees are wondering when they’ll get their next paycheck.
A partial government shutdown appears to have no end in sight.
As NewsChannel 34’s Mark Meredith explains, the 16 day-long shutdown is having an impact on people coast to coast.
Right now TSA workers, prison guards, and border patrol agents are all on the job. But due to the government shutdown, they’re working without a paycheck.
“It’s a catastrophe for many, many people”
Jacque Simon is a director with the American Federation of Government Employees, the country’s largest government workers union.
She says as negotiations between lawmakers and the white house drag on….families of federal workers across the country don’t know if they’ll be able to pay their bills.
“It certainly feels like federal employees are simply pawns in an afterthought”
We asked President Trump on Friday…if landlords should cut government workers a break.
“I would encourage them to be nice and easy. We have a bigger subject we’re doing. It’s called the security of our nation, including terrorism please”
One indication the administration is digging in for the long haul, we have word today from the White House that it’s changing the rules so the IRS can pay tax refunds, even if the the agency remains officially closed through the tax season.
Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer says Trump alone is responsible for the shutdown, “Whatever disputes there is about border security, we can debate those. But don’t shut the government down.”
The President plans to make his case to the American people directly, with a prime-time address to the nation Tuesday night.