The partial government shutdown has now gone on for 22 days, making it the longest such closure in U.S. history. Many of the affected federal employees had missed at least one paycheck as of Saturday, when the shutdown hit record length. The Trump administration has tried to mitigate some of the most noticeable effects of the shutdown to avoid public backlash. The House and Senate approved a bill to pay all federal employees who have been missing paychecks, including those who were furloughed. The shutdown is a particularly raw deal for employees working under federal contracts, as they are not directly employed by the government and typically don’t get backpay.
Source: Huffington Post January 12, 2019 05:15 UTC