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Federal employees are missing out on more than $2 billion worth of paychecks Friday, as the partial government shutdown drags into its third week.
According to data from the Center for American Progress (CAP), nearly 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed and are going without pay or have been required to work without pay since the start of the shutdown on December 21. (ThinkProgress is an editorially independent publication housed at the Center for American Progress.)
According to CAP’s Saharra Griffin, special assistant to the chief operating officer and the senior vice president of Policy and Strategy, who compiled the numbers, that comes out to around 632,932 furloughed employees or those working without pay.
Friday, if the government were open and fully funded, would have been payday. Instead, many workers opened up pay-stubs reading “$0.”
The shutdown — which began after Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill were unable to come to an agreement on funding for President Trump’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall — means that $636,842,000 is being withheld from employees at the Department of Homeland Security alone for each two week pay period that the government remains shuttered, according to the study. Department of Justice employees are missing out on $413,416,000, and Department of Treasury employees are missing $214,680,000 per paycheck.
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