'We don't know when his next check will come': Federal employees are sharing how the government shutdown over Christmas is affecting their families

  • All around America, federal workers affected by the government shutdown have gone on Twitter to share their #shutdownstories.
  • Many federal workers say they’re concerned about how they will cover bills and Christmas expenses with no paychecks.
  • Others, including a DACA recipient, said they are worried the lack of services might affect their day-to-day lives.

The day after the government shut down, Taylor Futch, a stay-at-home mother of two in Tennessee, went on Twitter to vent:

“My husband is a Park Ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and he had to sign his furlough papers,” she wrote. “We don’t know when his next check will come. Mortgage is due, Christmas 2 days away.”

In followup tweets, Futch thanked those offering advice and support. She and her husband, she tweeted, didn’t vote for Trump. But now, like nearly 800,000 federal workers and their families around the country, they’re facing the consequences of a Trump administration shut down.

Many federal workers and their family members used the hashtag #shutdownstories on Twitter to share how the government shutdown is hurting them this holiday season. Though many of those participating were federal workers, regular Americans also pitched in, saying the lack of federal services is also impacting their lives.>

A DACA recipient shared that he was worried he wouldn’t be able to renew his permit.


A user whose city was ravaged by the Carr Fire said the area where the fire started is now unattended due to the shutdown.

Another user said the shutdown will also affect new government hires waiting for their background checks to clear.


Some shared stories of the good deeds they’re doing to help out government employees.

Another user pointed out that, even though employees deemed essential will get retroactively paid after the shutdown, the government won’t be able to cover many of the related costs workers are incurring.

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