This weekend is the first time that many of federal employees are receiving paychecks with no money.

5 month ago

The partial government shutdown continues for three weeks, long enough for some of the 800,000 federal employees to start losing their wages.

For example, William Striffler, Air Traffic Control Officer at Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey.

Striffler said it was difficult to cope with long hours without pay.

Striffler also said he would use his savings, and ask his family to help cover his expenses until the end of the closed period.

When asked if he wanted to inform Congress of his position, Striffler said he wanted them to stop doing politics.

"We do not want to use political hostages," he said. "We just want to know that we are going to work and that we will pay without having to worry about excessive stress." Our work is heavy enough. "

He is not interested in blaming the closure of President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, or Democrats in Congress.

"I do not want to blame anyone, I just want them to get along, find a solution and not use us as a pawn in either way," he said. "We just want to go back to work and get our salary."