With the Trump government shutdown lasting well into 2019, millions of Americans find themselves being squeezed by a mad man and his craven minions. Across the internet, people have begun sharing their shutdown experiences under the hashtags #ShutdownStories and #ShutdownStory. Just remember this: Senate Republicans can end this shutdown by bypassing the president’s 11th-hour insistence on a pointless border wall. Senate Republicans already agreed to fund the government without the wall. Now, Trump and the Republicans are hoping that stealing money from disaster relief will end in a political victory for them.
I checked Employee Express. My paystub for tomorrow definitely says $0 net pay. Missed paycheck #1. #ShutdownStories
— jerri. girl. (@jerrigirl) January 10, 2019
That’s the simple fact for many people. That paycheck is not coming when it is supposed to come.
I am not on strike. I was furloughed against my will. I am against spending tax payer money on a wall. I am not on strike demanding a wall. I would very much like to go back to work #notonstrike #ShutdownStories
— James Ecker (@GPUSlayer) January 5, 2019
— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) January 9, 2019
One of the problems with not having a trust fund or a rich parent to float your useless boat is that work isn’t super easy to come by, regardless of how qualified you might be.
I can't "get another job" during the shutdown–my agency requires pre-approval to do other work. Trying to stay upbeat and hang on. #ShutdownStories
— Alice Diamond (@alikid) January 6, 2019
This shutdown squeezes the people Republicans are always wringing their hands about: the middle class.
This is America. I am a federal employee going to work every day to keep people safe, and I am not receiving a paycheck. I love my job and want to keep it, but with lack of progress, I have to start searching for a job with pay. This is America. #ShutdownStories
— Brian Turner (@BTurner1863) January 2, 2019
It squeezes those families that conservatives are always telling you to think of, while stealing money to line their donors’ pockets.
Keep tweeting BS while I can’t pay my mortgage, I cancel my kids bday party, selling my Christmas gift cards to pay bills! #ShutdownStory
— Jenny Duplantis (@JenDvapeMomster) January 10, 2019
#shutdownstory As a Georgia Head Start Pre-k state funded teacher, state funds have been frozen and money for the nutution program has not been released. Not only is my pay compromised, but our students will not have access to meals.
— Valory D (@vtahet) January 6, 2019
It is shameful.