On the twenty-first day of the partial government shutdown, federally-funded TSA officers came to work at Vermont’s Burlington International Airport despite facing a painful reality: their biweekly paychecks would not arrive.
The partial shutdown began on Dec. 22 will become the longest in American history on Saturday, but Friday marks the first time that TSA agents will miss a regularly-scheduled payday. The shutdown is the result of an impasse between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats over the president’s $5.7 billion request to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and has halted the paychecks of hundreds of thousands of government workers.
But, TSA agents are still required to show up to work, as they are considered essential employees.
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