Skip to comments.Pay for millions of federal workers is at risk with a looming government shutdown
Posted on 09/24/2023 7:10:28 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
With six kids under the age of 15 to support, Stephen Booth, a police officer for the Air Force in Kansas, doesn’t have room in his budget for a missed paycheck.
But like millions of other government employees across the country, Booth is bracing for his pay to stop indefinitely at the end of the month as Congress careers toward a government shutdown.
House Republicans left Thursday unable to reach a compromise within their ranks over a new budget, including funds for the Defense Department, with a handful of conservative holdouts demanding additional spending cuts. Unless Congress acts, the federal government will not be able to pay its 4 million employees after Sept. 30.
The shutdown comes at a particularly precarious time for many households already struggling with persistent inflation that has driven up the cost of rent, child care, groceries, transportation and utilities. At the same time, a string of Covid-era benefits have been expiring, such as the child tax credit, rental assistance and the pause on student loan payments, which are now set to resume in October. To cope, households have been spending down their savings and increasing their credit card debts over the past year.
“It’s really rice and beans time,” said Amad Ali, a claims specialist with the Social Security Administration in New Albany, Indiana, and president of his local AFGE union. “Most of us are dedicated civil servants and we keep on doing it, we keep on pushing forward, but it’s tough.”
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Amad Ali, who did he vote for?
Yes, cops and SSA workers hardest hit.
Oh no! Now what? ~hahahahahahaha
NBC didn’t waste any time throwing us a tearjerker.
How many federal workers in DC are working from home?
Fedzilla NEVER shuts down.
Deep State will deem most of it essential and the parts that aid Deep State will continue to do so.
Anything that Deep State shutters will be the parts that can be used to put the screws to the public.
Nice editing, editor.
I think you meant 'careens'.
Shutdown for federal workers, my a$$. VACATION for federal layabouts as they will be paid every check missed.
SHUT IT DOWN. Any federal worker who can’t scrape by for a few weeks isn’t very resourceful or self sufficient.
Pay for millions of federal workers is at risk with a looming government shutdown............
Hopefully that includes the mega-paid political operatives staffing DC govt agencies.
Put it at permanent risk.
The typical scare tactics. And they nearly always work.
I don’t want government employees or their families to suffer.
I would like them to have even better jobs in the private sector.
500,000 home grown Zelensky’s demanding a living large life.
The last time it happened, it was horrible. Se were out for a whole day. And they paid us for it.
The time before it was a little bit longer. They paid us for the missed time.
It seems like it happened once or twice while I was active duty. I don’t think it impacted us. For the civilians, it was the same drill. It has been many years since civil service lost paychecks because of a shutdown. (It’s always possible.)
Every civil servant needs to look around and ask himself a number of questions:
Unfortunately the answer to these questions is likely not what folks want to hear. Federal salaries are a drop in the bucket of the cost of government. What has mushroomed beyond comprehension are all the unneeded services that are contracted out to insiders who have sweetheart deals to take in money and provide little in return, except the grease that turns the wheels of corruption in the swamp. It's alwasy been there but the Bush/Cheney team showed how the professional crooks do it.
interesting that they would stop paying federal workers, Social Security recipients and military first. But continue funding their foreign wars and lining their own pockets. You wont see any senators going without pay.
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