These are just a few of the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who were happy to go back to work this week after the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.
They are just some of our kababayans who shared their stories — filled with anxiety, frustration and worry during the 35 days that they were either furloughed or had to keep working without pay.
They also shared these photos including one of a Christmas tree left in the office that had to close on December 22nd when the shutdown began.
According to a recent report released by the non-partisan congressional budget office, the economy lost about $11 billion during the five-week period.
The shutdown was triggered by President Trump’s demand to fund the $5.7 billion wall along the U.S. – Mexico border. That resulted in the stalemate with Democrats in Congress who now control majority.
Now it’s in the hands of a bi-partisan group of seventeen lawmakers to negotiate a compromise on border security before the February 15th deadline.
Otherwise, President Donald Trump vowed to resume the shutdown — and possibly declare a national emergency.
California congressman TJ Cox has said that he would ask not to get paid again if another shutdown happens.
Fil-Am Republican Jeff Coleman is a former Pennsylvania state Congressman, and an author of a book about civility in public political discourse. He had this bit of advice to legislators working to find a compromise.
But some say the fundamental conflict hasn’t really changed. The president wants his presidential campaign promise of building the border wall fulfilled while the Democratic leadership wants another option to secure the border.
The bi-partisan committee scheduled an initial meeting on Wednesday, which will be open to the public.
Subsequent meetings could be done in private, where the hard bargaining would take place.