Government Shutdown Hits Contractors & Low-Wage Employees While Politicians Enjoy Full Salaries

The partial government shutdown has entered its third week, and while politicians argue about solutions here in Washington, the average Americans who pay their salaries are the ones who are impacted the most.

The Senate Appropriations Committee is estimating that more than 420,000 federal employees are being forced to work without pay, including agents from the FBI, ATF, DEA and CBP, and staff from the State Department, Coast Guard, IRS, and Homeland Security.
An additional 380,000 federal workers have been placed on temporary leave. Employees who have been through this before are concerned about whether they will ever be fully compensated for the lack of pay during the shutdown.
Following a two-week government shutdown in 2013, more than 850,000 federal workers received back pay. But more than 700 janitors and security guards and 500 food service workers who were considered government sub-contractors, did not.
In some states, volunteers have stepped up to help clean up trash and take care of national parks, and private companies have pitched in to help pay employees to keep the parks open.
A few dozen lawmakers have agreed to either forfeit of donate their salary during the shutdown. But the overwhelming majority of Congress is facing scrutiny for continuing to cash their paychecks while members of the public face an uncertain future.
In response to concerns over the lack of pay, President Trump claimed he could relate, and said he believes he still has the support of many federal workers. However, it remains to be seen just how long that support will last as hundreds of thousands of Americans face the reality of life without a paycheck.
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Rachel Blevins is a journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives.

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