Much of the talk about the government shutdown has been about numbers, politics, and politicians. But there is a human side to all this that should be brought to light.
Below are some of the many tweets by government employees showing the very real struggle that they are enduring.
I’ve worked for the Federal Govt.for 35 years as an air traffic controller. Army veteran, father of 3. Now working for a promise of a future paycheck. I’ve got a mortgage, bills and school to pay for. And I’m being held hostage for a stupid wall. #ShutdownStories #TrumpResign
— Chris Boughn (@Csboughn) December 25, 2018
.@realDonaldTrump I don't want a stupid wall. I want to go to back to work and get paid to do so. My mother died recently, it is the holidays, and I have bills to pay. I don't have time for your immature bullshit. Not this year. Not ever. #ShutdownStories
— Emma Poon (@PoonietheGreat) December 26, 2018
#ShutdownStories thankfully my auto loan was able to defer my truck payment in Jan so I won't default on it an other bills this month. If no backpay, I'll likely be evicted Feb 1.
— Ernie Johnson (@SciFiCowboy_v2) December 25, 2018
I'm a FT college student, wife is Fed Contractor, and will not get back pay like federal employees. I work FT during break to pay tuition, but now that money goes to keep roof over our heads instead of pay for my education. #ShutdownStories
— David Carrothers (@txstrenegade) December 26, 2018
@TeaPainUSA whenever I talk about my air traffic control husband working without pay on Twitter, all I get is hateful remarks about how he WILL & won’t lose a dime. Um YEAH I KNOW that, but what are we supposed to do about Christmas & bills in the meantime? #ShutdownStories
— LMGray (@psychomamma) December 24, 2018
#ShutdownStories single mom, single income. If my pay from last two weeks shows up I have enough to pay bills, but not buy food. We live direct deposit to direct deposit, & something vital is always breaking – car brakes, stove, furnace.🤞 nothing goes until this is over.
— Oceans of Hope (@Freya_Cerridwen) December 24, 2018