Joe Davidson's column focuses on federal government issues Hundreds of dismissed federal employees took their frustrations and anger at the White House on Thursday, demanding an end to the government's partial three-week shutdown. Flashed on a cold, windy day, they gathered in front of the AFL-CIO headquarters on 16th Street NW through Lafayette Square. The crowd was large enough to allow the police to close the blockade while congressional members and Democratic union leaders praised the feds and denounced President Trump. After the rally, protesters marched across the square to shout out the door of Trump's home. He could not hear the chants of "pay the workers, licensed Trump" because he was engaged in a public relations campaign on the border between the United States and Mexico in Texas to support his border wall. His demand for over $ 5 billion for the wall he promised Mexico to finance is behind the closure that has 800,000 federal imprisoned or forced to work without any guarantee of when they will be paid. Negotiations with Democratic leaders quickly collapsed Wednesday when Trump emerged from a White House meeting after the House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Refused to provide tax dollars for the wall. The extinguishing situation is tetra. All taxpayers should be outraged that much of the government is out of service. Maria Middleton is.
The demonstrators in Washington, including President J. David Cox Sr., of the American Federation of Government Employees (left), demand an end to the partial closure of the government on Thursday, the twentieth day of the deadlock. (Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg News) He attended the rally to tell Congress members "while they are tweedlydeding on the damn wall – excuse my Frenchman – that lives have been affected." Middleton, an employee of the Treasury Department and the union of national treasury employees (NTEU) store delegate, stressed that he was speaking on his own during an interview. As much as he wants to get back to work, like the others at the gathering, Middleton does not want the Democrats to bend to Trump's demands on wall loans. "That the Trump family pay for this," he said. Noting the 110-pound seizure of the opioid fentanyl in Philadelphia last year, he asked, "Are we going to extend the wall around Philadelphia? … We do not need to collapse." President J. David Cox Sr. of The American Federation of Governors told the protesters that "the extortion effort is more a block than an arrest, but perhaps an even more accurate description of this is that it is a shakedown." Mexico's promise was a sham, as it is from a president who lies as if it were his favorite recreational activity. But the lack of payroll is real. Friday is the first day of control will not be issued. Many are bad. Listen to Talten Hall, a fifty-three-year-old Silver Spring, Md., A resident who delights in his work as a gardener in the parks surrounding the White House. "I love my job, I love planting flowers and tearing weeds and making everything look nice," the NTEU member and the National Park Service employee told the crowd. He hates being in isolation. "I'm hurting financially, I'm counting on every paycheck to pay my bills," he said. "I should go back to work and I should be paid for my time." In an interview later, he mentioned the postponement of hernia surgery. "I had to put it on the back, because of the co-payment," he said. "It's $ 20 that can go somewhere else … as long as you do not make me suffer." The rally in the District was one of many across the country, including Kentucky, Colorado, Massachusetts, California, Minnesota, West Virginia, and Florida. "These meetings demonstrate not only how high the level of anxiety is," said NTEU president Tony Reardon, "but also how they engaged these employees to serve their country." After leaving the White House a couple of hours before the rally, Trump made his case for the wall in his usual fearful and deceptive fashion. "This is a crisis", he proclaimed. "You have trafficking in human beings, you have drugs, you have criminals coming in. You have gangs, MS-13 … Democrats do not care about the border, and they do not care about the crime." Yet the closing of this president of the law and of the order that once was proud to ask is to hurt the forces of order. Border patrol officers are among federal employees required to work without pay. Nonetheless, the leadership of their union, the National Border Patrol Council, strongly supports Trump and his wall, while the American Federation of Government Employees and the AFL-CIO, the parents' council organizations, definitely do not. The Association of Agents of the FBI, however, urged the Congress and the White House to quickly resolve the budget dispute before "the financial insecurity of its members compromises national security". In a petition to leaders elected by the government, the association said that "missing payments on debts could create delays in securing or renewing security authorizations". In addition to undermining "the ability of the FBI to recruit and retain high-level professionals", the closure and "continuing financial insecurity caused by failure to finance the FBI could lead some FBI agents to take considering career options that offer greater stability to their families ". Meanwhile, AFGE and NTEU are suing the federal government, arguing that it is against the law to require employees to work without pay. "If employees work, they have to be paid – and if there's no money to pay for them, then they should not work," Reardon said Wednesday. Congress passed a bill that would provide wages to federal employees when – or should it be? – come back to work. The Senate is also considering an increase in the 1.9 percent burden approved by the House this year that would annul the Trump plan for a federal civil wage freeze. The federal employees have received the relegation after the previous closures. However, many federal contractors, some of them low wage workers, no. Thirty-four Democratic senators, led by Senator Chris Van Hollen (Md.), Are also asking the administration to guarantee pay for federal contractors who are losing money during the closure. "It is in the interest of the federal government to provide funding to the extent necessary to ensure that contractors return wages to their workers," said the letter from the senators to the Office of Management and Budget. "Employees of contractors can not afford the chaos and uncertainty of government closures, and some of these workers may look for other jobs if no relegation is planned to offset losses due to shutdown." To learn more: How do you cope with Trump's arrest? Prison guards call sick. Trump's arrest threatens Friday's & # 39; while the services are unpopular Trump pushes the unpopular wall while the federal employees, the services suffer The partial shutdown and a total failure, and could last until the new year