About 800 thousand federal workers in the United States have missed their first paycheck of the year due to the ongoing partial government shutdown.
President Donald Trump and Democrats remain no closer to ending a stalemate over Trump’s border wall.
“Pay for about 800,000 government employees lapsed nearly three weeks ago, and Friday marks the first wave of missed paychecks. Operations at nine departments, including Homeland Security, Justice, Treasury, the Environmental Protection Agency and NASA, have been affected,” The Huffington Post reported.
The government shutdown began December 22 and is now the second-longest ever. On Saturday, it would become the longest shutdown in the United States.
“Because of the lapse in funding for roughly a quarter of the government, about 380,000 workers have been furloughed and sent home while 420,000 continue to work as “essential” employees but without pay.
“Many of the essential workers are law enforcement personnel in the Department of Homeland Security, including Border Patrol and Transportation Security Administration agents.
Many stories of federal workers anxious about paying their bills have emerged, even as thousands of employees have continued to work without any guarantee they’ll be compensated after the shutdown ends,” The Huffington Post added.
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