This comes as unions representing employees of the federal government will rally at noon today in Washington, D.C., to demand an end to the partial shutdown, which has left 380,000 workers furloughed and another 420,000 forced to work without a paycheck. At the White House, a reporter asked President Trump about the impacts of the shutdown.
Jonathan Karl: “These people have to go without their paychecks. They’re being—some are being forced to work without pay. Some have been furloughed. These are park rangers”—
President Donald Trump: “They all get their money. They’re all going to get their money, and I think they’re going to be happy.”
The partial shutdown is increasingly threatening safety nets for the poorest Americans while allowing corporations to go unregulated. Robert Weissman, president of the watchdog group Public Citizen, wrote, “Corporate lawbreakers are going unpunished, safety inspections are being postponed, discrimination charges are going uninvestigated, polluters are not being held in check, financial fraudsters are not being policed, consumer complaints are not being received, and accident investigations have ceased.” After headlines, we’ll go to Washington, D.C., to speak with Robert Weissman.