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#ShutdownStories: How the Federal Shutdown Is Impacting America

The federal government shutdown is plowing ahead with no end in sight. The third of 2018, this most recent shutdown has impacted approximately the 25 percent of government that had not secured funding through 2019, including the departments of Transportation, State, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, Interior, Treasury, Agriculture, Homeland Security and Justice.

As the shutdown enters its second weekend, approximately 800,000 federal employees’ pay is being withheld. Of those, roughly 420,000 are working without pay – including border patrol agents, airport security and Coast Guard members – and 380,000 are furloughed. The entire federal workforce is comprised of 2.1 million civilian employees.

Federal employees and their families have taken to social media to voice their frustration about the budgetary impasse.

On Twitter, the hashtag #ShutdownStories has highlighted stark examples of hardship incurred by the government families.

Employees who work without pay during shutdowns will receive their paycheck after a new funding bill is signed, according to Office of Personnel Management instruction.

There is no guarantee that employees who were furloughed will get paid. However, in the wake of every previous shutdown, Congress has voted to recompense furloughed workers.

The shutdown began Friday night when President Trump made good on his promise to not sign a bipartisan continuing resolution without funding for a border wall separating the U.S. and Mexico. Both the House and Senate had been set to pass a continuing resolution that would have circumvented a shutdown by funding government operations through February before Trump’s refusal on Thursday.

Attempts in the House afterward to rescue the short-term funding bill by including border wall spending did not gain traction in the Senate.

Trump has blamed Democrats for the shutdown, and Democrats have pointed the finger at the President.

While many government functions continue as normal, others will wane if the shutdown continues for too long. Smithsonian museums, for example, have preserved enough funds to stay open through New Year’s Day. Afterward, however, they would have to shut down temporarily.

If you decide to post a #ShutdownStories post on social media, tag @GovLoop and we will share the response. Otherwise, explore some of our other resources on dealing with a shutdown.

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