Federal employees want to serve our country. I am a federal worker and I want to keep doing my job serving the American public. (Or, I am a family member or friend of a federal employee.) Without federal workers the safety of our food, water and air is compromised, school lunch programs are endangered, and revenue goes uncollected increasing the multi-billion dollar tax gap. A government shutdown puts us all at risk.
Federal employees have taken hit after hit in the ongoing budget battles. We are under a three-year pay freeze, facing hikes in our health insurance premiums, working under reduced resources because of sequestration and many of us have had smaller paychecks because of unpaid furlough days. Our paychecks again will shrink with a government shutdown. I will not know when or even if I will be paid. Like other middle-class Americans, we struggle to pay my bills, send our children to college, help our aging parents, and have enough set aside to handle life’s emergencies. My economic welfare is being threatened and I cannot stretch my pay any further.
Congress: end the government shutdown.