Federal employees rally, demand end to shutdown holding pay ‘hostage’

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Washington, January 11, 2019 | comments
Federal News Network

As furloughed and excepted federal employees working without pay are set to miss their first scheduled paycheck of 2019 this Friday, hundreds showed up on a cold and windy Thursday to demand an end to the partial government shutdown.

The impact of the government shutdown, now closing in on 20-days long, is setting in for furloughed and excepted employees, some of whom traveled to Washington, D.C. to rally outside the AFL-CIO headquarters to make their frustrations known.

“We want to go back to work,” said Teresa Mulligan, an IRS customer service representative. “It’s very stressful not knowing from one day to the next when you’re going to be working and when you’re going to be paid.”
Maryland Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), who have been particularly vocal during the government shutdown, showed their support at Thursday’s rally. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) also attended.

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