US public sector workers missed their first payday of the year on Friday as anxieties about mortgage payments and unpaid bills deepened.
Brady McCombs and Juliet Linderman
January 11 2019 9:32 PM
US public sector workers missed their first payday of the year on Friday as anxieties about mortgage payments and unpaid bills deepened.
An estimated 800,000 government employees missed their wages for first time since the shutdown began three weeks ago.
Employees posted pictures of their blank payslips on Twitter and vented their frustration as the stand-off entered its 21st day. This weekend, it will become the longest shutdown in US history.
Some Democrats seized on the empty payslips as a way to renew criticism of President Donald Trump, who triggered the shutdown over his demands for funding for a border wall.
Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia tweeted: “It should be payday for hundreds of thousands of federal workers. But thanks to Trump, many are actually getting pay stubs like this. He’s treating them like the countless contractors he stiffed throughout his business career.”
Roughly 420,000 federal employees were deemed essential and are working unpaid. An additional 380,000 are staying at home without pay. While furloughed federal workers have been given back pay in previous shutdowns, there is no guarantee that will happen this time.

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