Tag: shutdown

The Human Toll of the Federal Shutdown

When Congress cannot agree on how to fund the government or specific agencies within it, those agencies will either partially or fully halt their work until an agreement is reached. In the case of the recent government shut down, we’ve saw national parks left unattended, tax filings piled up at the IRS, and restaurants going without FDA mandated food inspections as President Trump demanded that $5 billion be included in this year’s budget resolution for a border wall. Underneath the shutdown’s obvious impact on government agencies is the impact on federal workers — 800,000 of whom were laid off or ... Read more

Shutdown: It’s Time to Take Action

When we send our representatives to Washington, we expect them to roll up their sleeves and get to work, but Congressional fighting has left our federal government at a standstill for 18 days. With the doors to our government shuttered, over 800,000 federal employees are furloughed or working without pay, and Americans across the country are going without vital services. The House of Representatives has taken action and passed legislation to reopen the government, but Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans refuse to allow a vote. This is simply unacceptable. It’s time for our representatives and federal employees to get back ... Read more