As the government lockout of hundreds of thousands of government employees goes into its second month, the burden on working people continues to grow. Many of the affected Americans have shared their plight via the #ShutdownStory hashtag. Here are the real stories of the people harmed by this shutdown.
My #cancer isn’t stopping working due to the #shutdown, so I’ve been busy seeking opinions on treating a rare mutation I have during a time of no income. Check out @washingtonpost’s update to my #shutdownstory #colorectalcancer #crcsm https://t.co/VrqopyCZjh— Violet Kuchar (@ViolentKuchar) January 15, 2019
#ShutdownStory @CNN @MSNBC @FoxNews— Rochelle Samuels (@RockSmooth1) January 19, 2019
So I can’t pay my 9 year old daughter’s private school tuition because I’m not receiving a paycheck. She’s missing valuable classroom learning time. The baby suffers because the grownups can’t act as such.
@CNN you may want to state that eventhough we've, as in federal employees, have been called back to work without pay. How are we supposed to get there. Gas and tolls aren't payed with prayers and thoughts. Food or tolls, and I've got two small kids #ShutdownStory— Bill Hankammer (@oljick) January 21, 2019
Before we went to the free dinner @MODPizza tonight, we explained to our 4yo that we were sharing pizza since we don’t have $ to spend out. We went to checkout & she had a meltdown b/c we couldn’t buy choc milk. Cried all dinner. This is impacting our kids too. #ShutdownStory— Hilary Ann (@hilaryann86) January 24, 2019
One of my Operation ABLE senior interns was told that her federally funded senior housing would end in March bc of government shutdown. She is frightened bc she will be homeless for the second time as a senior citizen. #ShutdownStory #ThisMustNotHappen— zackboston (@zackboston) January 24, 2019
The FBIAA has compiled stories from active FBI Special Agents about the #GovernmentShutdown's impacts on their work in a report titled "Voices from the Field." Below are some excerpts on FBI operations. The full document can be downloaded at https://t.co/X9MwpvFCIq. pic.twitter.com/UKqS586f2V— FBI Agents Association (@FBIAgentsAssoc) January 22, 2019
@crookedmedia here’s our #ShutdownStory - two millennials trying to figure out rent and medical bills. Partner has worked 30+ days and no paycheck. Thanks for reaching out to listening to us. #fanofthepod pic.twitter.com/rtHhtc3yuY— DeeLane🌈 (@Resist_Repeat) January 23, 2019
#shutdown2019 update: It’s been 16 days since the #Smithsonian shut down along with the rest of the gov’t and I have since finished data entry and am now using my living room as lab space to count soybeans. #ShutdownStory pic.twitter.com/e8rLGMq7kQ— Kathryn Bloodworth (@k_bloodworth) January 16, 2019
Want to help some Seacoast #NH pets affected by the federal #shutdown? A local business is collecting pet food and cash donations to help feed furloughed workers' furry friends. https://t.co/ls74DV96ml @FostersDailyDem #ShutdownStory— Kyle Stucker (@KyleStucker) January 23, 2019
Such a heartwarming story! A teen in Virginia shares some of his lifetime supply of peanut butter w/ workers affected by the shutdown. https://t.co/wjRqoVp899@BeanPhilosopher is a superhero in my book!! @LidlUS is pretty darn awesome, too. #ShutdownStory— Jim Gillespie (@jgillespie_us) January 24, 2019
Today we launched our #SoulPantry to share the #blessing of Bella’s Sweet Scrubs. Sharing food & love during the #shutdown. “Love is the most durable power in the world.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. #MLK2019 #soulpantry #bellasweetscrubs #takewhatyouneed #shutdownstory pic.twitter.com/ZiLKKGwwTL— Bella Berrellez (@BellaBerrellez) January 21, 2019