US Government partial shutdown set to hit record length

US Government partial shutdown set to hit record length, by Jonathon Lemire.

The partial government shutdown was on track Friday to become the longest closure in U.S. history.

In previous shutdowns workers were all paid in full after the shutdown ended, even though they didn’t work  during the shutdown– so it ended up being a paid holiday, but paid late.

The House and Senate voted to give federal workers back pay whenever the federal government reopens and then left town for the weekend. …

About 800,000 workers missed paychecks Friday, many receiving blank pay statements. Some posted photos of their empty earnings statements on social media as a rallying cry to end the shutdown, a jarring image that many in the White House feared could turn more voters against the president as he holds out for billions in new wall funding.