Published Jan 11, 2019 at 11:13 AM | Updated 6 hours ago
Closed airport terminals. Blank paychecks. Vandalized parks and monuments. Federal employees and other Americans nationwide are seeing the effects of the partial government shutdown.
For about 800,000 federal employees furloughed or working without pay, Jan. 11 marks their first missed paycheck. Some have turned to freelancing or ride-share programs to make ends meet.
The rest of the country is facing increased wait times at airports, the danger of being exposed to contaminated food, trash strewn about historical sites and risk from sanitary and safety issues plaguing understaffed national parks. Tax refunds may be delayed – another source of worry for Americans living paycheck to paycheck.
This shutdown, the result of the ongoing fight between President Donald Trump and Democratic lawmakers over funds for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, has already become the longest in history.