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USDHS employee says her child got less for Christmas because of shutdown

22:15  30 december  2018
22:15  30 december  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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A Department of Homeland Security ( DHS ) employee says she was unable to get her family as much for Christmas as she typically does because of the ongoing partial government shutdown .

A Department of Homeland Security ( DHS ) employee says she was unable to get her family as much for Christmas as she typically does because of the ongoing partial government shutdown . "My son made a comment where he said Santa didn't give us as much as he did last year.

DHS employee says her child got less for Christmas because of shutdown© Getty Images DHS employee says her child got less for Christmas because of shutdown A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employee says she was unable to get her family as much for Christmas as she typically does because of the ongoing partial government shutdown.

"My son made a comment where he said Santa didn't give us as much as he did last year, and that was heartbreaking," the unidentified employee told Buzzfeed News.

"We try to not be materialistic with our kids, but it kind of hurt that he noticed," she added.

The employee added that her husband is also a federal employee and said they aren't sure when they will again receive paychecks.

The government has been in a partial shutdown for more than a week, as lawmakers have come to a stalemate over President Trump's demand for $5 billion in funding for a wall along the southern border.

Trump has maintained that he won't sign a bill to fund the government if it doesn't have that amount, though he has said recently that he would also accept money for a "fence" rather than a wall.

A number of federal agencies, including DHS, are not being funded during the shutdown.

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A visitor at Yosemite National Park died on Christmas Day after sufferring a head injury, the National Park Service said amid the government shutdown. The man was recovered from the waters of the Silver Apron area after he suffered a head injury above the Nevada Fall, the park service confirmed in a statement to USA TODAY. Rangers responded within an hour after the 911 call, and the man received medical treatment but died from his injuries, the park service said. The incident remains under investigation.

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