Federal workers frustrated by back-and-forth over shutdown

Staff Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress appeared ready to reopen the government Monday on the third day of a shutdown, some federal workers said they are frustrated over a political battle had put their jobs on hold and left them in limbo.
J. David Cox, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 700,000 federal and D.C. government workers, said his members are exasperated that the inability of Congress and President Donald Trump to negotiate a budget led to the shutdown, which effectively cut the federal workforce in half Monday, as hundreds of thousands of workers were sent home.
"We can't be the ball for the ping-pong game," Cox said Monday, after Senate Democrats dropped their objections to a temporary funding bill in return for assurances from Republicans leaders that they will soon take up immigration and other hot-button issues...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.

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