U.S. Government Shutdown Hits Record Length With No End in Sight

The White House scuttled efforts to reach a deal on Capitol Hill on Thursday, and Trump’s budget team is drawing up contingency plans for a shutdown that extends through the end of February, according to an administration official. About 800,000 federal workers missed their pay for the first time Friday –at least some receiving pay stubs for $0.00 — as unions sued the government for requiring their members to work without pay. Trump said Friday that he planned to sign a bill guaranteeing that federal employees will be given back pay once the government reopens.

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