SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — As the federal government failed to pass a new spending measure to fund several agencies through the new year, a partial government shutdown went into effect late Friday.
TSA agents in San Diego, categorized as essential employees, will return to work Saturday but without pay under the partial shutdown. Many other employees will also be required to work without pay, including:
- The Department of Homeland Security
- The Justice Department
- The Interior Department
- The State Department
- The Department of Housing and Urban Development
"Mortgages, car payments, things of that nature, Border Patrol agents will have to find a way to make ends meet, even while they're not receiving their paychecks," Joshua Wilson, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, told 10News.
Though, Wilson added a shutdown was worth ensuing more border security for him and other agents. "It's about darn time Congress do something about border security. They keep punting, and we're very, very tired of it. We want their support they have we have the support of this adminstration."
About 380,000 total federal non-essential employees could be placed on furlough, or essentially placed on leave without pay until the government shutdown ends.
The Internal Revenue Service, NASA, and the National Park Service will likely see employees furloughed, the latter of which could be seen as San Diego's Cabrillo National Monument closed Saturday. Many national parks area expected to close during the shutdown.
Congress could order retroactive payments to furloughed employees after the shutdown, but that isn't guaranteed.
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