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Approximately 800,000 federal government employees have gone without pay since the third government shutdown of the year went into effect just after midnight on December 22. A portion of these workers are employed as contractors, which means their payments come from a third party. If the government is not working with that third party, those workers may not be paid.
Julie Burr, an administrative assistant at the US Department of Transportation in Kansas City, Missouri, was told in an email that she had to return her work computer to her office because the government was shutting down. As a contractor, she can’t work until the shutdown ends.
Burr, a single mother to a 14-year-old boy, panicked.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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