Join members of the American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO as they rally to demand Senator Thom Tillis to fully fund the government and make furloughed civil servants whole!
According to Sen. Patrick Leahy’s office, more than 420,000 federal employees are being required to work without pay during this shutdown, including employees at the Transportation Security Administration, the Coast Guard, Bureau of Prisons corrections officers, and USDA Food Safety Inspection Service inspectors. Another 380,000 employees are furloughed without pay, including most employees at the National Park Service, NASA, Commerce, and HUD. The shutdown is affecting operations at nine Cabinet departments and has shuttered dozens of agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aviation Safety Office, and the Smithsonian.
During this shutdown, America’s farmers cannot secure loans and sign up for new USDA programs, visa and passport applications stop being processed, national parks and museums do not open, and the safety of America’s water, workplaces, chemical plants, hazardous waste sites, and passenger airplanes go uninspected. Veterans cannot access their housing loan benefits, children lose access to Head Start, and cancer patients could not enroll in clinic trials run by the National Institutes of Health. The last shutdown in 2013 took $24 billion dollars out of the US economy and hurt America’s economic growth by 0.6% in the fourth quarter of 2013.
America’s civil servants face an uncertain future. 85% of all federal employees living outside of the Washington, DC area will be forced to go without a paycheck. Many civil servants live paycheck to paycheck, and the loss of even one paycheck can impact their ability to pay for their rent, their childcare, their car loans, and their groceries. This is why a message must be sent to Senator Tillis: end this nonsense, vote to fully fund the government and make whole all the civil servants who have been hurt by this shutdown.
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