CLOSED

The Federal Government officially shutdown as of 12:01 am Saturday affecting the jobs of 800,000 federal workers.  About 380,000 employees will be furloughed while roughly 420,000 workers are deemed essential employees and will be required to show up for work but will not be paid.  Bills have been introduced in both Houses to give those workers backpay when the government is funded.  This shutdown is over President  Trump's demand for over $5 billion for a wall on the Mexican border, a campaign promise by the President.  Democrats feel that the wall is expensive and not necessary and will not fund the wall.  Both sides are not willing to compromise on the issue.  This shutdown has been predicted to last into 2019.