Trumps economic adviser compares shutdown to vacation CNNPolitics

Trumps economic adviser compares shutdown to vacation CNNPolitics “Huge share of government workers were going to take vacation days, say between Christmas and New Years. And then we have a shutdown and so they cant go to work, and so then they have the vacation but they dont have to use their vacation days,” Hassett told PBS during an appearance on “NewsHour.” On Saturday, the ongoing partial government shutdown broke the record to become the longest government shutdown in US history with no end in sight. The shutdown has impacted roughly a quarter of the federal government and hundreds of thousands of federal workers. An estimated 800,000 federal workers have been affected by the lapse in funding either by having to work without pay while it lasts or by being furloughed. “And then they come back and then they get their back pay, then theyre, in some sense theyre better off,” Hassett said. Last week, Congress passed legislation sponsored by Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland to guarantee back pay for federal workers who have been furloughed during the government shutdown. But federal employees those on furlough and those who have remained on the job still wont be paid until the shutdown ends. President Donald Trump and lawmakers are still locked in a standoff over the Presidents demand that Congress allocate dollar 5.7 billion to build a wall at the US Mexico border. Trump has said he is considering declaring aánational emergencyáto get the money but would prefer to strike a deal with Congress.

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