WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – 800,000 federal workers received their first paycheck of 2019 with nothing, but zeros. On top of that, the current government shutdown will turn into the longest in history.
On December 12th the shutdown will become the longest U.S. government shutdown in history.
The federal workers at Waterloo Regional Airport were no exception to not getting paid.
“It’s really unfortunate today is supposed to be their payday,” said Keith Kaspari Director of Aviation. “I remain hopeful that the folks in Washington will be able to come together and come to some level of an agreement and to get these folks paid.”
Kaspari mentioned that the Air Traffic Control Operators and TSA Officers are working without pay. He explained any possible short-term funding solution for those workers would be up to the TSA.
“We have no funding as far as partial. To provide them a sidestep loan or anything like that, that would be truly up to their agency,” says Kaspari.
At the Northeast Iowa Food Bank snap benefits are currently unaffected. However, that all depends on the length of this shutdown.
“As far as the food we will be getting and are slated to get, that is steady through March but if we see a demand we are going to find more resources to fill that demand,” said Barbara Prather.
Director Barbara Prather says if snap benefits stop, clients will have to rely on food pantries even more.