Federal Govt Shutdown Hits Home After One Week

President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats remained at loggerheads over border security funding as the sixth day of a partial government shutdown came and went Thursday, bringing longer furloughs and more unpaid work for federal workers in the Oklahoma City area.

At the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in south Oklahoma City, 1,146 employees are furloughed and another 593 are working without certainty that their Jan. 15 paycheck will arrive, according to an FAA spokesman.

“Furloughing this critical workforce during the busy holiday travel season is neither in the best interest of the nation’s economy nor the oversight of the U.S. aviation system,” said Mike Perrone, president of Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, a union representing about 200 people at the Monroney Center.

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