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As Jan. 11 Pay Deadline Looms, GOP Senators Express Increased Urgency in Ending Shutdown

January 08, 2019 / Eric Katz

More than 800,000 federal employees impacted by the partial government shutdown are facing a key deadline this Friday, and it is one lawmakers are keenly aware of on both sides of the aisle. More than 350,000 federal workers are currently on furlough, a status most of them have held for 18 days. An additional 500,000 are working through the shutdown. All of those employees received their normal paychecks in late December for work they did prior to the shutdown, but, absent a sudden breakthrough to reopen government, will not receive the checks that would otherwise hit their accounts on or around Jan. 11.