Their worries haven’t gone away….
While Trump admin talking heads said the government workers would receive their held up pay within a week?
THAT remains to be seen….
Those very same workers could be furloughed AGAIN in less than two weeks….
All this for a President who is holding out for something that Congress won’t give him….
Concrete or Steel Border Wall money….
The cost to the American Economy for Donald Trump’s efforts is at $3 Billion so far….
Guess who pays that?
Hundreds of thousands of federal employees returned Monday to their offices after more than a month away, slogging through long to-do lists as they worried that they could end up furloughed again in February if Congress and President Trump can’t reach a border deal.
Across the country, federal employees worked to get the government back up to speed. In airports, security lines were moving faster after five weeks of extended absences sidelined 10 percent of the nation’s baggage screeners. National Park Service rangers assessed the damage from winter weather. The Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo prepared to reopen Tuesday.
The shutdown cost the American economy about $3 billion, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Monday.
As they returned to work, employees were concerned that they might not receive back pay for several weeks.
On Capitol Hill, congressional leaders announced that a joint House-Senate committee would meet Wednesday to try to reach a compromise on border security by Feb. 15, when the temporary funding bill that reopened the government late Friday expires. Trump wants $5.7 billion to build a border wall with Mexico that Democrats have rebuffed.
Democrats also urged the Trump administration to quickly issue back pay to more than 800,000 workers and pledged to help compensate tens of thousands of federal contractors who lost pay and, for some, health insurance….