Trump Shutdown Impact Grows...

It’s day 6 of the Trump shutdown, and the impact of the shutdown is becoming more apparent. A look at the headlines show that service members, civil servants, and contractors – as well as the American people they serve – are feeling the negative impact:

NBC News: 42,000 Coast Guard members are the only military branch to work without pay during shutdown
The Coast Guard is the only branch of the military whose members will go without pay during the government shutdown unless Congress and President Donald Trump can find a resolution by Friday.”

Approximately 42,000 active-duty military members of the Coast Guard remain on duty during the partial government shutdown that began Saturday, but they will work without pay until further notice, according to a statement from a Coast Guard spokeswoman.”

“Emily Garris, 42, the wife of a Coast Guard member stationed in California and mother of two, told NBC News the current shutdown has left many families feeling ‘cast aside.’”

“This is the first time in her husband's 25 years of service he has come so close to not receiving a paycheck, she said in a phone interview Wednesday.”

NY Times: Federal Workers, Some in ‘Panic Mode,’ Share Shutdown Fears on Social Media
“A Department of Transportation worker in Missouri picked up cashier shifts at Barnes & Noble. A paralegal for the Justice Department in Texas stopped using her ‘gas-guzzling’ pickup truck and pulled her motorcycle out of storage. An air traffic controller in California is avoiding any purchases that aren’t vital.”

As the government shutdown stretched into its fifth day on Wednesday, federal employees and contract workers across the country described a holiday season marred by increasing financial worries. Some 800,000 federal employees have either been furloughed or will continue to work without pay during the partial shutdown, and it’s unclear how long it will last. Twitter became a platform for them to share growing anxieties and fears, using the hashtag #ShutdownStories.”

“Many declined to identify themselves publicly, so their stories could not be confirmed. Yet their tales of hardship spread widely. One man said he became homeless; he broke his lease in anticipation of moving to another state to train for a new federal job — and the training was canceled. Another described having to terminate a family member’s caregiver as funds dwindled. Several talked of forgoing or returning Christmas gifts.”

Politico: Federal workforce starts to feel pinch of prolonged shutdown
“The full effect of the shutdown will become apparent Wednesday, when federal workers return from the Christmas holiday.”

“Federal offices were set to re-open Wednesday for normal business, unless they were among the nine departments without government funding… Roughly 400,000 federal employees will be furloughed during the shutdown, with another 400,000 deemed ‘essential personnel’ and required to stay on the job without pay.”

At least one federal agency, the IRS, is sounding the alarm about the shutdown wreaking havoc on the wider public. The agency's union noted that the Republican tax bill goes into affect this season for the first time, meaning IRS employees need training to familiarize themselves with the changes. But many IRS employees will be furloughed, and if a shutdown drags into January, the agency may find itself unprepared for tax season.”

Washington Post: As partial government shutdown heads into Day 6, the ‘cold reality’ sinks in
Many federal workers are also reporting for work not knowing if they will be paid. Recent shutdowns have ended with funding bills that include back pay for furloughed federal employees, but there is no guarantee Congress will continue to do so.”

“Maria Ortega, 44, who lives near San Diego and is the wife of a Department of Homeland Security worker, said that she and her husband have tried to talk with their two children about the shutdown without scaring them.”

“‘We don’t want to unnecessarily burden them, but they are aware that the government is shut down and Daddy’s paycheck isn’t coming,’ said Ortega…”

Other federal workers are starting to feel the pinch. Paul Greenberg, a NASA research scientist and physicist at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, is working on a project funded by Homeland Security to build sensor packages that first responders and firefighters can wear to monitor their exposure to airborne substances, as well as a telescope to send data back from deep space. The telescope is supposed to be in orbit in 2020.”
“‘You can’t build something someone’s never built before sitting on your a-- doing nothing,’ he said. ‘Everything just stops.’”

Roll Call: Shutdown Day 6: Federal Workers Prep for Paycheck Problems, Creditors and Landlords
“The Office of Personnel Management released draft letters Thursday for federal employees to hold off creditors during the government shutdown.”

“Nearly 800,000 federal employees have either been furloughed or will be working without pay as the government shutdown enters its sixth day. That means households with federal workers are trying to figure out how to get by without their usual paycheck as the holiday season comes to a close.”

“OPM’s guidance suggests that workers call their landlord, mortgage company, or creditor to speak with them about their situation, even before sending a letter.”

Business Insider: Some government contractors could go unpaid even after the shutdown ends
“Julie Burr, an administrative assistant at the US Department of Transportation in Kansas City, Missouri, was told in an email that she had to return her work computer to her office because the government was shutting down. As a contractor, she can't work until the shutdown ends.”

Burr, a single mother to a 14-year-old boy, panicked. ‘I want to get back to work as quickly as possible, not only because of the paycheck, but I love what I do,’ she told INSIDER.”

“She is now one of thousands of federal government employees who are officially jobless as the third US government shutdown of 2018 continues. But unlike many workers who are employed directly by the government, Burr is a contractor, meaning her paycheck comes from a third-party business hired by the government. If the government stops doing business with the third-party company, the employees don't get paid.”