The closure of the federal government was the longest in history during the weekend and the missed salary of Friday for employees on leave provided another 800,000 sad stories.
There are unpaid prison guards who give dinner on New Year's Eve to convicted criminals. More than 1,000 federal employees have set up GoFundMe pages to cover accounts, while others place their personal assets on Craigslist to make ends meet. Even federal employees who want to do everything and want to retire, can not do that because there is no one to process the paperwork.
But in the midst of all the sadness there was a bright spot for a family of a federal worker: hundreds of thousands of federal workers complained about their missed checks, Carrie Walls picked one up.
Walls won the Ford Expedition Plus $ 100K & # 39; from the Virginia Lottery, a scratch race in the state. On a photo of the State Lottery Commission, she smiles in the driver's seat of the new white SUV and holds a Virginia Lottery check almost as wide as the front door.
"I cried," Walls said, coming from Ashburn, Virginia, from the moment she knew she was a winner. "I could not believe it."
Walls, a veteran of the US Air Force, had the winning ticket from 554,000 entries. She bought the scratch-off on December 4, two weeks before the federal government started the closure.
A month and a half later, her family is perhaps one of the few who do not feel the pressure.
Mike DeBonis of The Washington Post wrote Friday that trade unions that represent federal workers who have not been paid are summoned in the US Court of Federal Claims and demand full compensation for time and overtime they have worked.
"This lawsuit is not complicated: we do not believe it's legitimate to force someone to work without paying them," said Randy Erwin, president of the federal federal employees' federation. "With this lawsuit we say: & # 39; No, you can not pay employees with I.O.U.s. That will not work for us."
On Friday, Congress approved legislation that guarantees the overdue remuneration for employees who have gone through. President Trump has passed the criticism on Saturday that he has no plan to end the shutdown.
"I do have a plan for the Shutdown," he said. "But to understand that plan, you should understand that I won the election, and I promised safety and security to the American people, part of that promise was a wall on the southern border." Elections have consequences! "
For now, the Walls family does not have to worry about that. They plan a trip to Disney World.
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