Federal employees will get retroactive pay after lawmakers and President Donald Trump agree on spending bills to end the shutdown. Those workers will then have to pay back any unemployment insurance benefits they receive.
“I’ve got a lot of people who are saying ‘Lisa, you’ve got to stand with the president. …'” Murkowski said on the Senate floor. “And then I have an equal number that are saying, ‘Please, please, do something to help reopen this government.'”
“It’s really an uncertain time,” says Carin Christensen, a part-time employee whose husband also works for the U.S. Forest Service. “We don’t know when we’re going back to work, how it will happen, you know, how this will get resolved.”