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Thousands of federal employees to work regardless of government shutdown


THE TRUMP TEMPER TANTRUM WILL SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. THE BATTLE OVER THE BORDER WALL IS CREATING A SHOWDOWN ON CAPITOL HILL. WE’VE LEARNED THE HOUSE HAS PASSED A NEW SPENDING BILL, WHICH DOES INCLUDE MORE THAN $5 BILLION FOR THE WALL. THE BILL HEADS TO THE SENATE AHEAD OF A LOOMING PARTIAL SHUTD DOWN. MICHAEL HYLAND IS DIGGING DEEPER INTO THE SHUTDOWN. Reporter: EVEN IF THE GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN, A LOT OF PEOPLE STILL HAVE TO GO TO WORK. THE T.S.A. SECURITY OFFICERS ARE AMONG THE PEOPLE DEEMED ESSENTIAL. OUR EXPERIENCE IS IF THERE IS A SHUTDOWN, IT’S OF A DURATION THAT DOESN’T RESULT IN DELAY IN PAY. IT ALL DEPENDS ON HOW LONG THE SHUTDOWN LASTS. Reporter: EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN FOR A MATTER OF HOURS. FIVE YEARS AGO TLASTED MORE THAN TWO WEEKS. AT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE’S OFFICE IN RALEIGH, 19 OF THE 20 EMPLOYEES HERE WILL COME TO WORK, SHUTD DOWN OR NOT. WE’LL BE HERE ON CHRISTMAS, EVERY NIGHT, BAD WEATHER OR NOT Reporter: THE AGENCY WILL STILL SEND OUT ALERTS ABOUT SEVERE WEATHER BUT WILL CUT BACK ON NONESSENTIAL WORK. WE BUDGET OURSELVES AND PREPARE OURSELVES TO HANDLE THINGS IF UNFORTUNATELY THE PAYCHECK COMES LATE OR OR IS DEFERRED. Reporter: THEY’VE DEALT WITH ONE STORM AFTER ANOTHER. WE’VE BEEN TREMENDOUSLY BUSY WEATHER-WISE WITH MULTIPLE HURRICANES AND FLOODS, WINTER STORMS. OUR STAFF IS TIRED AND THE HOLIDAYS ARE HARDER BECAUSE THEY’RE AWAY FROM THEIR FAMILIES. Reporter: AMID THE LATEST POLITICAL STORM, THEY’LL BE HERE, READY TO HELP KEEP YOU SAFE AND AWAITING A RESOLUTION. MICHAEL HYLAND RESPECTING. IT’S NOT JUST THE T.S.A. EMPLOYEES AT RDU WHO WILL BE AT WORK. AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS

Stephen Childs

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