Federal workers in the Heartland affected by government shutdown

Heartland federal workers affected by the shutdown

(KFVS) - The government shutdown has been going on for weeks. Here is a look at estimates for the number of Heartland federal workers affected by the shutdown, as of Thursday, January 17.

According to the Center for American Progress, this is the estimated number of people furloughed, or forced to work without pay:

  • Missouri - 12,853
  • Illinois - 8,341
  • Kentucky - 6,213
  • Tennessee - 6,770

According to the Office of Personnel Management, this is the total number of federal employees by state:

  • Missouri - 35,549
  • Illinois - 40,855
  • Kentucky - 22,495
  • Tennessee - 26,260
“This shutdown is wasting taxpayer dollars, halting critical government services and preventing hardworking families from receiving the paychecks they’ve earned. I voted for the bipartisan bill that unanimously passed the Senate in December that would have kept the government open, and I’m ready to vote for it again if only Mitch McConnell would bring it up for a vote. I support increased investments in border security such as more fencing, more agents and more drones and we can negotiate on the rest, but we don’t need to hold the rest of government hostage while that happens and punish hardworking families all across Illinois.”
– U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
...Democrats are trying to convince the country that the federal government simply cannot reopen. They want you to believe they cannot negotiate with the president and the sky would come crashing down if we invest one one-thousandth of federal spending in proven border security solutions. And, they’d like you to forget that their own party used to support these same barriers...
- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

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