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A Week Into Government Shutdown, Ire Turns to Fear for Federal Workers
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49840"><span class="small">Glenn Thrush, Mitch Smith and Kate Taylor, The New York Times</span></a>   
Sunday, 30 December 2018 09:33

Excerpt: "When the government shutdown began a week ago, many federal workers were more irked than anxious. They're really anxious now."

A security checkpoint at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Some federal employees, including Transportation Security Administration agents, continue to work despite the government shutdown. (photo: Al Drago/NYT)
A security checkpoint at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Some federal employees, including Transportation Security Administration agents, continue to work despite the government shutdown. (photo: Al Drago/NYT)


A Week Into Government Shutdown, Ire Turns to Fear for Federal Workers

By Glenn Thrush, Mitch Smith and Kate Taylor, The New York Times

30 December 18

 

hen the government shutdown began a week ago, many federal workers were more irked than anxious.

They’re really anxious now. What at first seemed like ho-hum political brinkmanship is looking more like a prolonged, punishing shutdown, more akin to the 27-day funding lapse in 1995 and 1996 than the blink-and-miss-it shutdowns earlier this year.

“This one feels different,” said Celia Hahn, a Transportation Security Administration officer at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, who is working without pay and worried about her mortgage and her son’s orthodontic expenses. “If it were to go about two weeks, that’s when people would start panicking.”

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-5 # RLF 2018-12-30 11:41
I'm sorry but these folks have to cover their expenses for a month or two and then they get back pay in all probability, making this one expensive paid vacation for the American tax payers. I say no back pay and the huge group of government tax payers will be more careful who they vote for in the future!