Shutdown in PA

Some Federal Workers Still Unpaid After Shutdown, Dread What’s Next

Feb 7, 2019
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Nearly two weeks after the end of the longest government shutdown in U.S history, many federal workers still have not received their back pay or have only gotten a fraction of what they are owed as government agencies struggle with payroll glitches and other delays.

Lucy Perkins / 90.5 WESA

Federal employees at the Transportation Security Administration who worked without pay during the partial government shutdown are getting paid again now that the government is reopen.


Pennsylvania's U.S. senators split in votes on competing bills for ending the partial government shutdown as the Senate rejected President Donald Trump's plan and another that passed the Democratic-controlled House.

Federal Government Shutdown Slows Process For Construction Permits In PA

Jan 25, 2019
Emily Cohen / StateImpact

The partial federal government shutdown is slowing the approval process for construction permits and several other environmental-related issues, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Food Stamp Crisis Looming In PA Because Of Government Shutdown

Jan 24, 2019
Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

No place in Pennsylvania has more trouble keeping food on the table as Reading, Pennsylvania, a town of 88,000 about an hour outside of Philadelphia, where nearly half of all households receive food stamps, the highest rate in the state.

Katie Blackley / WESA

Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania says he'll vote against a bill reflecting President Donald Trump's demand for border wall funding in exchange for temporary protections for some immigrants. 


As the partial government shutdown continues, Congress remains at an impasse. The House of Representatives has passed bipartisan bills that would reopen the government, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has yet to bring any of those bills to the floor. The Senate may vote on spending bills later this week, but at this point there’s no end to the shutdown in sight. To talk more about what’s happening in Washington, 90.5 WESA’s Lucy Perkins spoke with Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey.

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The mayor of Philadelphia says city departments and agencies will be offering flexibility in bill payments to federal workers affected by the partial government shutdown.

Mayor Jim Kenney said Monday that furloughed federal workers and those employees working without pay can contact the revenue department, water revenue bureau and Philadelphia Gas Works if they need "additional flexibility" in paying current bills or existing payment agreements.

Jake Savitz / 90.5 WESA

If it continues until March, the partial government shutdown could have a big impact on Allegheny County’s Housing Choice Voucher Program, commonly called Section 8.

Lucy Perkins / 90.5 WESA

Dozens of protesters gathered at the Pittsburgh International Airport on Friday, demanding an end the partial government shutdown. Nearly 250 TSA officers are working without pay in Pittsburgh.

Lucy Perkins / 90.5 WESA


At the center of the government shutdown is President Trump’s proposal for a steel border wall. Trump pitched it as a big opportunity for steel companies.

Matt Slocum / AP

Officials say a ceremony held annually at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday will not be held this year due to the partial government shutdown.

Furloughed IRS Workers Must Return To Work Ahead Of Tax Season

Jan 17, 2019
Susan Walsh / AP

Alex Jay Berman is stressed out. The Philadelphia father hasn't a gotten a paycheck in a month. In two weeks, the balance of his savings account will hit zero.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

A union representing 450 Transportation Security Administration officers in Pennsylvania will rally Friday morning at the Pittsburgh International Airport to call for an end to the partial federal government shutdown.

Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA

Some utilities and banks that service western Pennsylvania are offering financial assistance programs to customers impacted by the partial federal government shutdown.

Jacquelyn Martin / AP

More than 12,000 federal workers are furloughed in Pennsylvania as lawmakers in Washington struggle to figure out a way to end the longest-ever partial government shutdown.


Americans who tuned in to hear President Donald Trump’s Tuesday evening primetime speech addressing border security, and the Democratic rebuttal, didn’t hear a lot of new information.

Alex Brandon / AP

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey appears likely to join other Democrats in voting to block a bill he supports later today – the latest move in a government shutdown triggered by President Donald Trump over border security.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

It remains unclear how long low-income Pennsylvanians will continue to receive food stamps if the federal government's partial shutdown extends into February.

An-Li Herring / 90.5 WESA

How big an impact the partial federal shutdown is having depends on where you look. Nearly two weeks after the shutdown began, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale highlighted the costs to the more than 800,000 federal employees that are either furloughed or working without pay.

Megan Harris / 90.5 WESA

As the partial federal government shutdown continues, parks, memorials, trails and recreation areas maintained by the National Park Service aren't staffed as normal. There are 19 such sites across Pennsylvania, including the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville.