By The Associated Press
Here’s the latest on he partial government shutdown on Day 21.
WHAT’S NEW TODAY
The shutdown matches the longest stoppage yet: a 21-day closure that ended Jan. 6, 1996, during President Bill Clinton’s administration.
Federal workers received pay stubs Friday with nothing but zeroes on them as the effects of the government shutdown hit home, deepening anxieties about how to pay the bills.
The partial shutdown of the U.S. government has begun to make it harder to assess the health of the economy by delaying or distorting key reports on growth, spending and hiring.
Cities with economies tied to federal spending are showing signs of strain. One is Huntsville, Alabama, where about 70 federal agencies are located at the Army’s Redstone Arsenal: Hotel rooms are vacant because out-of-town government workers and contractors aren’t coming, restaurants frequented by federal workers are struggling, parking lots are empty and offices at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center are dark.
QUOTES OF THE DAY
IRS employee Tiauna Guerra, one of 3,750 furloughed IRS workers in Ogden, Utah: “We’re barely getting by,” said the mother of two small children. “We are not able to pay a lot of our bills. We’re having a hard time trying to buy gas, food.”
President Donald Trump: “This is where I ask the Democrats to come back to Washington and vote for money for the wall, the barrier. Whatever you want to call it, it’s OK with me. They can name it whatever; they can name it peaches.”