As the shutdown over President Donald Trump’s border wall edges closer to its fourth week with few signs of progress, federal workers are beginning to feel the toll.
It’s becoming more and more likely that the 800,000 furloughed workers won’t get a paycheck for this month. While past shutdowns have led workers to put aside funds in the instance of an extended furlough, those funds are depleting rapidly. Those living paycheck to paycheck with little savings are having to resort to other means of work all together.
According to the Wall Street Journal, one market analyst has resorted to driving Uber. Julie Burr, another federal worker, created a GoFundMe to pay necessary expenses.
Julie Burr, a contracted federal worker affected by the shutdown, says she set up a GoFundMe with a goal of two months of salary and that money has helped with rent
She also isn’t getting paid for work she has already done because no one is working who can approve her time sheet pic.twitter.com/UsxbtiCql1
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) January 7, 2019
Though both houses of congress previously passed bipartisan resolutions to keep the government open, they were quickly snuffed by the President. Members of the House of Representatives continue to pass funding resolutions, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said the Senate will only consider solutions that the President will sign—solutions that allocate $5 billion for a border wall.
As Trump remains steadfast, federal workers are venting their frustration.
I want to go back to work. I DON'T WANT A WALL!!! I'm the sole income supporter for my family. Mortgage Co. won't work with me. May lose my home and the thought of having to stand in line for food is a embarrassing.#shutdownstories @realDonaldTrump
— terry owens (@emi200410) January 6, 2019
I am not on strike. I was furloughed against my will. I am against spending tax payer money on a wall. I am not on strike demanding a wall. I would very much like to go back to work #notonstrike #ShutdownStories
— James Ecker (@GPUSlayer) January 5, 2019
#ShutdownStories my husband is a federal agent, he’s essential. This means he works without pay. He may be paid later, as long as he doesn’t miss a day of work. Our Christmas was cancelled, and he still has to do dangerous work for free. So many people don’t know this.
— Kati Wells (@KatiWells11) January 3, 2019
Hi Mr. President! Furloughed employee here. Just watched your press conference and contrary to what you may have heard, I think the wall is stupid and would very much like to go back to work. Thanks! @realDonaldTrump #shutdownstories
— Timothy N (@McHatin1) January 4, 2019
The economic hardships imposed by the shutdown are rampant.