Marianas workers feel shutdown pinch

Jan 11, 2019

Hundreds of federal workers in the Marianas - 800,000 nationwide - are furloughed or working without pay, as the impasse drags on over government funding for the rest of the fiscal year. These include at least 26 Customs and Border Protection agents, hundreds of Transportation Security Administration inspectors, and many other employees who work in the Marianas for federal agencies such as the departments of Homeland Security, Agriculture, Interior, and Justice, and the Fish and Wildlife Service. Democrats in the House have already passed legislation that would reopen the government and pay federal workers. But the Republican leadership in the Senate refuses to vote on the bills that would open closed federal agencies -- bills the Republicans previously approved.