Saturday marked the 22nd day of the government shutdown, making it the longest federal closure ever.
The now three-week-long shutdown is due to the funding dispute in Washington for President Trump’s border-wall along the Mexico Border.
Federal funding has been cut from nine federal departments, including justice, interior, homeland security, and transportation. The shutdown is impacting hundreds of thousands of people across the country, including people in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
22News went to Bradley International Airport where TSA workers are still working, but not getting paid. Kathy Abate of Connecticut maintains, “I don’t believe anyone should pay for what is happening with the decision being made by our government.”
Of the 800 thousand federal employees affected by the shutdown, nearly half have been furloughed or on temporary unpaid leave.
The TSA security agents at Bradley International Airport are among more than 400,000 federal employees that are being forced to work without pay during the government shutdown. But Bradley said the shutdown has not impacted wait times.
Friday was the first unpaid payday of the new year for the TSA and other affected federal workers. “You see it every day. I have friends who work at airports and they are showing it online and they have zero dollars,” traveler Chelsea Davis described the effects of the government shutdown.
Davis told 22News, it’s a difficult time for federal employees, “Especially for the people who are here. At the end of the day they are not able to make ends meet and that’s unfortunate.”
Congress has passed a bill that would grant back pay to all federal employees after the shutdown. President Trump is expected to approve the legislation.