Federal workers to miss first paycheck since the shutdown
WASHINGTON (SBG) - Tomorrow, some Americans will feel the real pinch of the government shutdown with federal workers missing their first paycheck and impacting federal agencies.
Air traffic controllers and pilots are heading to Capitol Hill demanding the government reopen.
“It’s really bad for workers to have to come to work with no pay it is putting tremendous amount of pressure on them it is putting a tremendous amount of pressure [SIC] on the system,” Cpt. Joseph DePete, president Airline Pilots Association, International.
Republican New York Congressman Peter King is worried about risk to safety and security since air traffic controller staffing is at a 30-year low.
“If you ever go to any local place where air traffic controllers are working to me potential crisis any minute,” Rep. Peter King, R- N.Y., said.
Nine federal departments have been closed since the shutdown started.
“I think the longer this goes on the more deterioration occurs in every agency in terms of functions and it’s the American people we serve that are affected,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-V.A.
America’s food supply now also at risk. The Food and Drug Administration had to stop most food inspections. The FDA says its working on bringing back some employees to resume inspections at only high- risk facilities.
Thousands of people have died because of foodborne illness. FDA is no longer inspecting food and the department of agriculture is no longer inspecting food that is not a good thing,’ said Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif.
The Treasury Department is also not funded, but the IRS says tax refunds will still go out. The agency says it will recall a large number of furloughed employees to help process returns.
“It appears the White House is trying to make up a new set of rules that somehow some of the rules may go out. I don't think we have any clarity on that,” said Sen. Mark Warner, D-V.A.
A warning was issued Thursday from the union that represents thousands of FBI agents. Starting tomorrow FBI agents will work without pay. The group says it worries the ongoing shutdown will impact national security.