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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Federal Employees, Contractors Tweet Worries with #ShutdownStories

Federal employees and contractors affected by the Christmas government shutdown have been venting on Twitter, with some #ShutdownStories garnering thousands of retweets.

The federal government partially shut down at midnight Saturday as the Senate adjourned without an agreement on what to do about a continuing resolution from the House that sticks $5.7 billion in border wall funding back into the Senate version of the stopgap appropriations measure.

Workers whose departments’ appropriations bills have already been approved and signed will stay on the job, including Defense, Education, Veterans Affairs, Energy, Labor, and Heath and Human Services. However, some 380,000 federal employees are now subject to furloughs and 420,000 in areas deemed essential will work without pay. The Department of Homeland Security is affected, as well as Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Interior, State, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development.

This is the third shutdown this year. There were two brief shutdowns in the beginning of the year.

The Senate is scheduled to reconvene Thursday afternoon, but leaders have vowed no votes until President Trump and Democrats have reached a deal to reopen the government.

“The President wanted the shutdown, but he seems not to know how to get himself out of it. As long as the President is guided by the House Freedom Caucus, it’s hard to see how he can come up with a solution that can pass both the House and Senate and end his #TrumpShutdown,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) tweeted Monday.

Trump tweeted on Christmas Eve, “I am all alone (poor me) in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately needed Border Security. At some point the Democrats not wanting to make a deal will cost our Country more money than the Border Wall we are all talking about. Crazy!”

Meanwhile, workers shared how they’re being affected:

Bridget Johnson
Bridget Johnson is the Managing Editor for Homeland Security Today. A veteran journalist whose news articles and analyses have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe, Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor and a foreign policy writer at The Hill. Previously she was an editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and syndicated nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. Bridget is a terrorism analyst and security consultant with a specialty in online open-source extremist propaganda, incitement, recruitment, and training. She hosts and presents in Homeland Security Today law enforcement training webinars studying a range of counterterrorism topics including conspiracy theory extremism, complex coordinated attacks, critical infrastructure attacks, arson terrorism, drone and venue threats, antisemitism and white supremacists, anti-government extremism, and WMD threats. She is a Senior Risk Analyst for Gate 15 and a private investigator. Bridget is an NPR on-air contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Observer, National Review Online, Politico, New York Daily News, The Jerusalem Post, The Hill, Washington Times, RealClearWorld and more, and has myriad television and radio credits including Al-Jazeera, BBC and SiriusXM.

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