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Friday, January 18, 2019

Trump Shutdown: Service Members Unpaid For First Time In US History

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Trump’s shutdown is denying paychecks for service members in the American military for the first time in American history. It is already the longest shutdown in U.S. history.

In a letter to members of the U.S. Coast Guard, Admiral Karl Schultz, who serves as the service’s commandant, took note of the alarming milestone.

“To the best of my knowledge, this marks the first time in our Nation’s history that servicemembers in a U.S. Armed Force have not been paid during a lapse in government appropriations.”

The shutdown, Schultz noted, is causing service members and their families “anxiety and uncertainty.” He went on to make members aware of a donation from USAA to people in need, a depressing development for a country with billions of dollars at its disposal.…

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Americans Tell McConnell: Buck Up And End Shutdown

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Trump now owns the longest federal government shutdown in American history — but he couldn’t have pulled it off without having Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as a willing accomplice.

McConnell is single-handedly preventing the Senate from even voting on legislation that would end the shutdown, which Trump insisted on in a tantrum because Congress refused to waste $5 billion on his useless border wall. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives have passed bills to reopen the government, but McConnell won’t allow a vote on any of them unless and until Trump promises to sign them.…

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Trump Adviser Hassett Claims Furloughed Workers ‘Better Off’

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While Lori McLaurin, a furloughed federal worker, wonders just how close she is to becoming homeless, Trump’s top economic adviser, Kevin Hassett, claims federal workers are “better off” because of the Trump shutdown.

“When they say, ‘one paycheck away from homeless,’ I’m not there, but I’m real close. And it’s disturbing,” McLaurin, a single mother from Philadelphia, told USA TODAY.

While McLaurin and 800,000 federal workers go without a paycheck, an out-of-touch White House is trying to make the claim that federal workers should be happy about their situation. In an interview with PBS Newshour, Hassett, chair of the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers, made a bizarre case of why unpaid federal workers are the lucky ones.…

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