As federal employees face a second missed payday, no end in sight for government shutdown – ThinkProgress


There was no finish in sight for the record-breaking authorities shutdown Wednesday as 800,00zero federal workers, nearly half of whom are nonetheless working, face their second missed paycheck on the finish of this week.

A short lived funding measure that handed the Senate in December now seems to be destined to fail, with Republican lawmakers saying any measure that doesn’t embody funds for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall is a nonstarter.

Democrats have rejected a White Home counter-offer, crafted with out their enter, that will commerce wall funds for 2 main Democratic priorities: full-year authorities funding and momentary protections for undocumented immigrants who got here to the U.S. as kids.

Trump and Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sparred Wednesday after Pelosi denied Trump’s request to ship his annual State of the Union deal with to a joint session of Congress whereas the federal government stays shut down. The president mentioned the White Home will announce alternate plans, however these are nonetheless pending.

In the meantime, away from Pennsylvania Avenue, the shutdown has floor many businesses to a standstill as workers both wait at house to see after they’ll be capable of return to work or work with out pay.

Authorities staff can not strike beneath federal labor legal guidelines, however the growing pressure of the shutdown has raised the specter of an unauthorized work motion like a “sick-out” or a  “wildcat” strike by federal workers that might have wide-ranging impacts.

Safety traces at airports across the nation slowed this week because the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) reported Monday that 10 % of its workforce had known as in sick as a result of “monetary limitations.”

The union representing Inner Income Service (IRS) workers mentioned Wednesday that its members don’t need to return to work with out pay beneath their present union contract if their experiencing monetary hardship. That might cripple the company in the course of the upcoming tax season and delay hundreds of thousands of refunds.

“After a month with no pay, actual hardship does exist for IRS workers together with not having the cash wanted to get forwards and backwards to work or to pay for the kid care essential to return to work proper now,” Nationwide Treasury Workers Union president Tony Reardon instructed CBS MoneyWatch.

Appearing White Home Chief of Workers Mick Mulvaney, who additionally directs the Workplace of Administration and Finances, has requested company heads what applications will likely be most affected if the shutdown drags into April, The Washington Put up reported Wednesday — suggesting that the White Home is digging in for an prolonged battle with congressional Democrats.

In the meantime, the amount of cash the federal authorities will owe furloughed staff as soon as it reopens will balloon to almost $6 billion by week’s finish, consuming into family budgets and spilling out into the broader financial system as furloughed staff reduce their bills and the companies they depend on start to undergo.

The present shutdown doesn’t have an effect on the Protection Division, so navy salaries haven’t taken a success. However members of the Coast Guard, which falls beneath the Homeland Safety Division, are working with out pay. On Wednesday, the Coast Guard’s commandant, Admiral Karl Schultz, took to Twitter to ship a message of encouragement to fellow guardsmen and name for an finish to the shutdown.

“You, as members of the armed forces, shouldn’t be anticipated to shoulder this burden,” Schultz mentioned in a video. “I remained heartened to help out there to you throughout the lifelines and by the outpouring of help from communities throughout the nation. However finally, I discover it unacceptable that Coast Guard women and men need to depend on meals pantries and donations to get by day-to-day life as service members.”


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