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While the end of the month approaches and the negotiations are not progressing, many federal employees worry they won’t be able to pay the bills, while the sub-contractors of the departments will lose these non-working days.
Donald Trump says : the federal employees to the unemployment forced because of the paralysis of the budget (shutdown) to support its fight against the democrats to get a wall on the border with Mexico. But then that is no end in sight, this is rather the concern that dominates many testimonies of anonymous.
Between fears of not being able to pay rent and Christmas is ruined, users entrust their anguish on Twitter, under the hashtag #ShutdownStories. Wednesday marked the fifth day of this budgetary stalemate that led to the closure of 25 % of federal authorities. As a result, some 800,000 Americans are either, for the half, forced to work without being paid, or pushed, to the other half, to leave without pay.
After the previous closures, the american Congress had quickly passed, once the conflict is resolved, for that federal employees are paid retroactively. But then that’s the end of the month approaches and the negotiations are not progressing, many worry about not being able to pay the bills, while the sub-contractors of the departments will lose these non-working days.
“I just had to relocate my family to Washington […] for a job with the federal government. My rent has doubled, I have spent my savings in the move and now I’ll maybe not be paid “, laments Kevin on Twitter. In an email to AFP, the statistician, who wishes to remain anonymous, stated that her son of two and a half years and needs a specialized help. “Our budget is really tight and is still declining “, he says. “If I miss a pay, I’ll pay the rent with a credit card. “
Syl, federal employee of the irs, said to have “just enough” to cover his rent at the end of the month, and some bills. But ” I’m afraid to spend it because I don’t know how long the shutdown will last or when I will be paid “, she explained to AFP, asking also to remain anonymous. She said that she was even more upset that she was against the wall project. “To be used as a pawn policy for the wall, it makes me unworthy. “
For others, such as @Ancient_Scout, the consequences are immediate : “Broke my lease to accept a new job federal for which I have to take 7 months of training in another State. Training canceled because of the shutdown. More housing. Can’t afford housing in the short (?) term. I have to work full-time without being paid. I give Christmas gifts. “
“As a contract for the government, I’m NOT going to BE PAID for the days for the duration of this shutdown. I am a single mother in panic. I take extra hours in my second job, but it will not pay the rent ! ” worries @juliedotburr.
According to Donald Trump, some federal employees defending its decision to refuse to sign a budget bill as long as it does not include the funding of the wall, which is supposed to curb illegal immigration. “[Many] have told me : “persist as long as you have not obtained funding for the wall”, ” -he said on Tuesday. “These federal employees want the wall. “
Largest independent union of federal employees, the NTEU (National Treasury Employees Union) said yet on the 24th of December that 80 percent of its members said they were “very worried” about their ability to pay their housing and other bills basic.
The american president has, in any case, reiterated his position during a visit to Iraq on Wednesday. The budgetary stalemate will last ” as long as it takes. We need a wall. We need our country to be safe “, has he hammered.