Food Bank Providing Food to Federal Workers in Luzerne County

WTNHMarj Adler drops off food and brings along a therapy dog for people at the Coast Guard food pantry in New London CT

WTNHMarj Adler drops off food and brings along a therapy dog for people at the Coast Guard food pantry in New London CT

Although employees are on track to go back to work when Trump signs legislation that would restart the government for the next three weeks, its massive time card and payroll processing systems will take several days to lumber back to life.

"Today's announcement is a welcome, albeit temporary, end to this unnecessary, unconscionable Trump shutdown", said U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), in a response to Trump's announcement.

The Senate passed the measure by voice vote Friday hours after Trump agreed to a deal to reopen the government through February 15 while lawmakers negotiate on border security and the wall.

"I'll believe it when I see it".

However, federal employees are looking for things to return to normal. "What you don't want to do is create a situation where employees get upset because they weren't accurately paid".

The U.S.is in the midst of the country's longest government shutdown in history, which started December 22, 2018. Many have turned to unemployment assistance, food banks or other work to try to make ends meet. "They've missed one paycheck and they're coming up on that second paycheck that they may miss", he said.

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For many workers, the federal workplace can offer more predictable promotions and better career development, Van Slyke added, noting that the government doesn't have to show investors that it's profitable and growing every quarter. Gilbert handed out 5,000 tickets to the city's "Jazz in the Gardens" festival to the furloughed workers.

Kevin Hassett, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, said early in the shutdown that some furloughed employees were, "in some sense, they're better off" because people who were already taking vacation over the holidays ultimately would not be charged for their already-planned trip.

On Friday night, a lot of them expressed relief. The National Diaper bank will provide diapers to affected families across the country.

Depending on how long the shutdown continues, there is no way that they would be able compensate for that on their own.

"We're hoping we do", Hergert said.

Most agents in the field are working without pay and other employees are furloughed.

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