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As Furlough Notices Hit Inboxes, Trump Says Feds Support a Shutdown

December 26, 2018 / Eric Katz

As hundreds of thousands of federal employees spend their holidays wondering when they will next report to work and if they will miss a paycheck, President Trump has claimed those workers have reached out to him with a special message: we don’t mind. About 350,000 federal employees are currently on furlough, sent home without pay (at least for now) after funding expired at dozens of agencies on Friday night. With the government already scheduled for closure on Monday and Tuesday, most of those workers just received their formal furlough notices Wednesday morning. About 500,000 additional employees are still reporting to work, but will only get paid once the government reopens.