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PoliticsCongress leaves town as federal workers miss their first paycheck

21:40  11 january  2019
21:40  11 january  2019 Source:   politico.com

Her furloughed husband missed a paycheck on Friday. She picked up a $100K lottery check instead.

Her furloughed husband missed a paycheck on Friday. She picked up a $100K lottery check instead. The federal government shutdown became the longest in history over the weekend, and Friday’s missed paycheck for furloughed workers generated another 800,000 sad stories. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); There are unpaid prison guards feeding New Year’s Day steak dinners to convicted felons. More than 1,000 federal workers set up GoFundMe pages to help cover bills, while others put their personal belongings on Craigslist to make ends meet.

Many stories of federal workers anxious about paying their bills have emerged, even as thousands of employees have continued to Many workers received their last paycheck shortly before the new year and now may have to rely on savings, loans, credit or unemployment benefits to cover their bills.

Most federal workers are paid every two weeks. As a result, the checkpoint officers to whom Thomas refers to have not yet missed a payday. Like federal air traffic controllers, who also are working without the promise of a pay check , the TSA workers will miss their first paycheck Friday.

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Congress has left for the weekend after a final round of negotiations to end the 21-day budget stalemate failed, guaranteeing that the partial government shutdown will become the longest in history.

With no headway made over funding President Donald Trump’s border wall, Republican and Democratic leaders have begun to take seriously the president’s threat to declare a national emergency to bypass Congress and secure billions of dollars for a border barrier. No bipartisan talks are scheduled, and the president and Democratic leaders have not budged an inch from their positions in three weeks.

Federal Workers Take Second Jobs to Make Ends Meet During Shutdown

Federal Workers Take Second Jobs to Make Ends Meet During Shutdown Workers have turned to bartending and Uber driving. Some federal workers are tightening their belts as life without a paycheck becomes a grim reality. “In my freezer, as you can see, I have no meat here,” Belkys Colon, who works for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban and Development, told Inside Edition. “I have pasta but they expired." The partial government shutdown began three weeks ago when President Trump demanded more than $5 billion to finance his border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, and Democrats refused to agree.

Some better paid federal employees may have enough of a financial cushion to survive a missed paycheck , but hundreds of thousands more—TSA agents, secretaries, janitors, customer service representatives, younger federal employees who haven't yet worked their way up the pay scale

Federal workers furloughed or working without pay under the partial government shutdown are feeling the sting of going nearly two weeks without receiving any new money. Federal Workers Are Missing Their First Paychecks As the Shutdown Drags On.

Trump’s executive action, which could be announced as early as Friday, would set off a scramble of legal action by House Democrats. Republicans are divided over whether to restrain the president: Some believe it would claw away power from Congress, but others think it will be an elegant way out of the shutdown.

"Even if the president's got authority to do it, I'd advise against it. And I would think that each side ought to be laying something on the table and negotiating," said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the most senior GOP senator.

He declined to say if he would vote to block the president from doing so and said it's likely a negotiating tactic: "The president sees it more as a lever to get things on the table and get negotiations going."

42,000 Coast Guard members miss first paycheck due to government shutdown

42,000 Coast Guard members miss first paycheck due to government shutdown "The Congress can't their act together. The president can't get their act together, but your community will take care of you," one Coast Guard spouse said.

Federal workers elsewhere are calling for an end to the shutdown. Members of the FBI Agents Further, agents could see their security clearances jeopardized as their paychecks stop this week. But now that the shutdown is entering its 20th day, and paychecks are set to go out by the end of the

While furloughed federal workers have been given back pay in previous shutdowns, it's not Most of the government workers received their last paycheck two weeks ago, and Friday will be the first But this time, he had little time to prepare for a missed paycheck or tie up loose ends with the cases

People in both parties seem hopeful that the emergency declaration would at least restart the government, even if it's legally dubious.

“Declaring it an emergency, I suppose, serves a political function for him but then it relocates the whole controversy into the courts,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee. “If that’s what it takes to reopen the government, most of us will probably stomach our misgivings about it and hope that the rule of law will prevail.”

But some GOP lawmakers openly worry about potential accusations of hypocrisy after Republicans denounced President Obama’s previous use of executive actions.

“I’d be going nuts if President Obama had talked about doing this,” Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) said. “You’d have to go back and start pulling some precedent — what are those times? And what does that mean? And what are the limits on it? It’d be a big deal.”

'My mortgage is due' Some U.S. federal workers seek shutdown cash

'My mortgage is due' Some U.S. federal workers seek shutdown cash 'My mortgage is due' Some U.S. federal workers seek shutdown cash

While furloughed federal workers have been given back pay in previous shutdowns, it's not Most of the government workers received their last paycheck two weeks ago, and Friday will be the first But this time, he had little time to prepare for a missed paycheck or tie up loose ends with the cases

As federal workers continue to share stories about the financial hardship they’re experiencing and It’s worth noting that in past shutdowns, Congress has typically approved back pay for employees With federal workers set to miss their first paychecks on Friday, that dynamic could certainly begin

If Trump declares a national emergency, some House conservatives are warning that it doesn't guarantee that the president will sign legislation to reopen the government.

Two leaders of the House Freedom Caucus, Reps. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), both signaled Friday that they wouldn't vote to reopen the government unless Congress can secure its own wall funding money.

"Just because he declares a national emergency, doesn’t mean we don’t work to get a legislative solution," Jordan said, adding that he wouldn't vote to reopen the government simply because of the White House step.

"No, I still think we need to focus on a legislative appropriation for the border security wall, just like we said. That’s the best approach." Other GOP lawmakers, though, said the House would likely rubber stamp a funding bill if Trump asks.

"The House Republicans will support whatever decision [Trump] decides to do. If he wants to do the declaration and open the government at the same time, I suspect that we’ll do that," Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) said.

GOP Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and Jerry Moran of Kansas introduced a bill that has $25 billion in border security in exchange for temporary protections for Dreamers on Friday, which they hoped could help restart talks but is miles away from anything Democrats would support. Senators who have in the past tried to strike bipartisan deals say it's not worth it given Trump's position.

Frustrated government workers share $0 pay stubs on Twitter

Frustrated government workers share $0 pay stubs on Twitter To give a sense of how impactful the government shutdown has been for employees, some are sharing their $0.00 pay stubs on social media.

While furloughed federal workers have been given back pay in previous shutdowns, it's not Most of the government workers received their last paycheck two weeks ago, and Friday will be the first But this time, he had little time to prepare for a missed paycheck or tie up loose ends with the cases

Roughly 800,000 government workers will miss their first paychecks on Friday if the partial government Federal workers of all stripes are suffering — and don’t look likely to get relief anytime soon. I probably will do it. I would almost say definitely,” he told reporters as he left the White House.

“What good is it if the president isn’t on board? And we've learned in the past that’s an iffy proposition," said Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), whose own immigration compromise was killed by Trump last year. “If persists, I think they’re going to have to consider [a veto override] more and more. It’s ridiculous."

The stakes for the shutdown are ratcheting up, as roughly 800,000 federal workers face their first day without a paycheck Friday, which some frustrated lawmakers hope will create new urgency for both sides to resume dealmaking after an unprecedented four weeks of impasse. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) was one of the few senators in town on Friday, and he spent the morning telling stories about affected constituents.

He called on the government to reopen and then "engage with the president in a meaningful, short-term, prompt dialogue about border security and immigration reform." But it may take more time for the pressure to build.

"The problem is, there's no pressure yet. Nobody's missed a paycheck until Friday," Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) said. "We're getting a lot of phone calls from federal employees who are worried." He added that when federal workers don't receive a paycheck, "I think the pressure is going to build."

Simpson, who sits on the House spending panel, said he is so frustrated that he's begun talking with House Democratic leaders about other ways out of the shutdown. One of his ideas is to bring up a slate of pre-negotiated funding bills that could reopen pieces of the government.

IRS recalls 36,000 more workers to process tax refunds -- without pay

IRS recalls 36,000 more workers to process tax refunds -- without pay The Internal Revenue Service is recalling tens of thousands of additional federal employees with less than two weeks before tax filing season begins. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The federal tax collector said Tuesday in an undated government shutdown plan it would call back an additional 36,000 federal employees, bringing the total number of those working at the IRS during the government shutdown to more than 46,000, or roughly 57% of the workforce.

Many federal workers live paycheck to paycheck , and as HuffPost previously reported, they are buckling down for a long shutdown by maxing out credit cards, looking for interest-free loans and borrowing money from relatives, among other budget-tightening moves.

Federal workers will miss their first paycheck on Friday, unless the shutdown ends. Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time. I asked what is going to happen in 30 Union representatives of federal workers also urged the president and congressional leaders to reopen

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Unpaid US federal workers are asking for donations to survive through the shutdown

Unpaid US federal workers are asking for donations to survive through the shutdown Some US federal workers affected by the government shutdown are resorting to crowdfunding to cover basic expenses, from mortgages to food. About 800,000 workers have…

While furloughed federal workers have been given back pay in previous shutdowns, it’s not Most of the government workers received their last paycheck two weeks ago, and Friday will be the first But this time, he had little time to prepare for a missed paycheck or tie up loose ends with the cases

A study from Career Builder says 78 percent of federal workers live paycheck to paycheck . DENVER – More than 800,000 federal employees are about to miss a paycheck because of the government shutdown that is now in its third week.

Yet McConnell has said those bills won't go anywhere unless the president endorses them. And Trump killed his party's own attempt to reopen the government and then kickstart negotiations on the wall and immigration reform.

Democratic Reps. Gerry Connolly and Don Beyer of Virginia, both of whom have sizeable federal worker populations in their district, said they’ve been hearing from constituents about the personal fallout from the shutdown. But those federal employees are also very clear, both members said, that they don’t want to be used “as pawns” by the president to build his border wall.

“I think people are really reluctant to cave on this for the fear of setting a precedent for years to come with Donald Trump. If he doesn’t like something, he’ll shut the government down,” Beyer said.

Before skipping town, the Senate approved a bill Thursday providing backpay for federal workers affected by the shutdown, at the behest of Democrats including Kaine and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii). The House passed that same bill Friday, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the president assured him he’d sign the bill.

The promise of backpay would help ease financial uncertainty for scores of furloughed workers in Washington and in farm bureaus, national parks and federal courts across the country. Thousands of contracted workers, such as those who are hired to prepare food, clean, or provide security for federal agencies, have no such guarantee.

Approving legislation to eventually repay federal employees could lessen some of the PR backlash that lawmakers are feeling — particularly newly minted House Democrats who say they’re already feeling pressure to answer for the shutdown they inherited. Still, federal workers won’t see a dime of their paychecks until the 21-day shutdown ends.

The House voted Friday on its fourth piecemeal funding bill of the week to reopen slices of the federal government, which have all gradually picked off more GOP defections. Ten Republicans voted with Democrats. The Senate held no votes Friday, and there was no sign of any of the top leaders in their Capitol suites.

Melanie Zanona contributed reporting to this story.

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