Updated Jan. 16
The partial government shutdown is now in its fourth week, and the nation’s economy, airports and citizens are straining under the pressure. Here’s a guide to some of our latest reporting.
About 800,000 federal workers have been affected by the shutdown. On Tuesday, members of the Coast Guard missed their paychecks, while food safety inspectors were asked to return to work without pay. A typical federal worker has missed $5,000 in pay so far.
On Tuesday, the White House admitted that the shutdown had had a far greater toll on the United States economy than previously thought. To counter the effects, it called tens of thousands back to work to process tax returns, inspect food and drugs, and improve flight safety.
The approximately 800,000 unpaid employees, some working and some not, are not the only ones affected by the shutdown. Legions of contractors have found themselves suddenly out of work and, unlike the federal employees working without pay, the contractors have no expectation of recovering their missed wages.
For American farmers, the shutdown has compounded concerns about Mr. Trump’s trade war with China. To ease their pain, he had created a $12 billion bailout fund, but that is frozen and payouts are delayed because of the shutdown.