Federal workers protest shutdown downtown

Employees From HUD, Bureau of Prisons, Want To Get Paid

January 24, 2019 - 1:40 pm

Richmond, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) - A small, but noisy group of federal employees rallied in front of 600 E. Broad Street this afternoon, saying they want to get paid and return to work.  The building is home to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and HUD employees are among those not working and not getting paid.

Several employees said the shutdown has been an extreme hardhsip.  Without pay, they say they've had trouble paying bills, for example, for Dominion Energy.  Several also pointed out they are working without pay, not giving them the chance to find another job where they could bring an income.  Those whom are at home said the federal government requires them to get permission before looking for another job, limiting their prospects there.

The Government has been currently shutdown for 34 days, as President Donald Trump and Democrats battle over funding for the President's desired border wall.  Democrats say they are willing to offer more money for border security, but not a wall.

During the rally, Bureau of Prisons employees were asked when was the last time they received a paycheck.  One replied, "I don't remember."