“Every day I’m getting calls from my members about their extreme financial hardships and need for a paycheck. Some of them have already quit and many are considering quitting the federal workforce because of this shutdown.”
Thomas furthermore maintains that the current disgruntled state of federal workers could pose a safety risk to travelers.
“The loss of officers, while we’re already shorthanded, will create a massive security risk for American travelers; [this is] since we don’t have enough trainees in the pipeline or the ability to process new hires.”
The Government Shutdown
Friday will mark the 21st day of the government shutdown. As the closure of the government lingers on, there is no sign of a forthcoming solution. Both President Trump and Democratic leaders are sticking by their positions. Trump remains determined to garner the funding for his promised border wall. Conversely, Democratic leaders continue to refuse funding.
The deadlock has prompted talk of other potential avenues for President Trump to pursue. Trump has openly discussed shutting down the Southern border until he receives wall funding. Additional mentioned possibilities include the declaration of a national emergency. However, Trump maintains that he prefers to get wall funding via negotiations.