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Reflecting on the longest government shutdown, one year on

Jan 23, 2020
How the longest shutdown in U.S. history changed the way one federal contractor thinks about work.
Courtesy Sunny Blaylock

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

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

Trump says he’s declaring emergency to build border wall

Feb 15, 2019
President Donald Trump announced Friday that he will declare a national emergency to fulfill his pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
President Donald Trump, repeating his claim that 'walls work,' announced that he will declare a national emergency in order to build a barrier on the US-Mexico border without funding from Congress.
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Congress moves ahead with deal to avoid shutdown

Feb 14, 2019
President Trump says he will sign the spending bill, and declare a “national emergency” to build a border wall.
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Federal contractors are cut out of shutdown back pay

Jan 31, 2019
We hear from two workers on how it's affected their lives and finances.
A sign outside the Smithsonian American History Museum in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 27.
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The shutdown cost the U.S. economy $3 billion, Congressional Budget Office says

Jan 28, 2019
"We think we'll be down about $3 billion of GDP," CBO Director Keith Hall says.
Congressional Budget Office Director Keith Hall testifies before the Senate Budget Committee on Jan. 24, 2018, in Washington, D.C.
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