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Shutdown leads to continuing psychological issues for federal employees

January 29, 2019

There’s been lots of talk about the back pay due the 800,000 federal employees locked out of work by the partial government shutdown. There’s been lots of talk about the lack of pay many federal contractors endured when one-fourth of the government closed. There’s been lots of talk about the hardships untold numbers of people suffered because Congress would not pay for a border wall President Trump promised voters that Mexico would fund. But there hasn’t been as much talk about the things people don’t want to talk about — the emotional and psychological problems generated by the 35-day shutdown.