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Who wants truckers driving 17 hours a day?

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This Is Uncomfortable

Three months after the shutdown, some workers still feel its effects

by Maria Hollenhorst Apr 25, 2019
"There's still that insecurity. You want the cash on hand," said government contractor Sunny Blaylock.
Sunny and Seth Blaylock with their two kids, Stella and Tiger.
Sunny Blaylock
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Coming back to work after the shutdown

by Sean McHenry Feb 6, 2019
It was a bittersweet return for one government contractor.
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Courtesy of Sunny Blaylock
Government shutdown 2019

What happens when losing a paycheck becomes a regular thing

by Sean McHenry Jan 16, 2019
As a government contractor, Janet Martin weathered several shutdowns. But losing pay changed how she thinks about money.
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The list of companies that want to build the wall is growing

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A stretch of wall between Nogales, Arizona, and Mexico.
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Raising the Debt Ceiling

Government shutdown 2013 and the (sometimes) lowly contractor

by Dan Weissmann Oct 3, 2013
There are 800,000 government workers who aren't being paid. But how about the hundreds of thousands of government contractors?