US government shutdown takes toll on federal workers

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers won't be getting a cheque on payday as shutdown enters its 19th day.

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    The impacts of a federal government shutdown continue to spread across the United States as it enters its 19th day.

    The fight is over more than $5bn that US President Donald Trump wants for building a border wall.

    Democrats say they simply will not give him the money, calling it unnecessary. Trump defended his position and the shutdown decision in a speech on Tuesday.

    Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of federal workers will not get a cheque next payday.

     

    Al Jazeera's Patty Culhane reports from Washington.


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