Even as federal workers scramble to catch up on unpaid bills and to repay unemployment benefits, the prospect of another shutdown looms next week.
“We have a whole calendar slated with new beers coming out into the market, all of which need to be approved by the federal government,” one local craft brewer said. “There’s much more to it than just brewing up a new recipe, bottling it up and sending it out to market.”
A bipartisan group of local Maryland officials in the Baltimore region are decrying the effects the partial federal shutdown is having on tens of thousands of their constituents.
Dozens of federal workers and government contractors who have not seen a paycheck in weeks say they’ve been forced to seek out help where they can find it. This Baltimore food pantry event took place two days before some 800,000 federal workers are due to miss a second paycheck.
A WTOP listener wondered how the animals at the National Zoo are doing during the government shutdown, so we reached out and got answers.
A passel of Montgomery County restaurants are pooling resources to throw a potluck for feds and contractors hit by the shutdown.
The first canceled payday of the shutdown is coming soon for FBI agents, and the president of the FBI Agents Association explains exactly what the loss of federal funding means to agents and their ongoing operations.
Furloughed feds and contractors who call the D.C. area home are sprinkled throughout the region, and the partial government shutdown is affecting local economies, said the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
Federal employees are beginning 2019 at the same salaries as last year, after President Trump signed an executive order last Friday freezing federal salaries.
“How do you explain it to a 5-year-old, why his school is closed, why we don’t know when it’s going to be open, why he can’t see his teachers, why he can’t see his friends?” said a federal worker whose son attends a day care at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which has run out of money.
Though the partial government shutdown will likely affect Smithsonian sites, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and city tourism officials are highlighting the positives, pointing out the many private museums, galleries and other attractions that will remain open.
If the government shutdown lasts past Tuesday, the National Zoo close to the public. The animals will still be taken care of, but some things will be different.
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