Federal employees in Minnesota digging out their contingency plans

  • Article by: Rochelle Olson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 27, 2013 - 11:52 PM

The U.S. government workers in the state will learn Tuesday who’s essential and who’s not.

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wallyworldmnSep. 28, 1312:25 AM

The federal workers are pawns in the game that Congress is playing and that is unfortunate. It's not just Minnesota, it is everywhere that there is a federal office or agency.

The American people are paying a price even if we get past this string of never-ending crisis scenarios that are being orchestrated by politicians.

Only when we break the cycle of irresponsibility in Congress will we get anything meaningful done for the country. For starters, force the politicians of both sides to live by the same rules and benefits that they have given to the rest of us. Take away the pay of politicians when they cause the rest of government to suffer with shutdowns. Eliminate the political payola that is the nature of how our politicians are bought and paid for by the special interests.

Take a deep breath because if you think that the politicians are going to do any of the things above, you are mistaken. Because politicians are addicted to the power, money and drama that seems to be the norm in Washington today. We live in an age where party/politics come before country.

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basia2186Sep. 28, 1312:28 AM

Perhaps the federal workers on their paid time off could think of things to make their jobs/programs more efficient. We should cut government spending by at least 20% . The government employees can be reduced through attrition. All government job openings in the future should be filled by qualified long term unemployed and welfare recipients. Cut the cronyism and do a true public service!

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comment229Sep. 28, 13 5:18 AM

Just two comments: First, requiring members of congress to live with what they propose may be a good idea, but when it comes to money and benefits, which they would lose in a shut down, they couldn't care less; most of them are millionaires many times over. Second, if there was ever a time in our history to have a relevancy amendment to the Constitution, it is now. The political bickering is over the addition of Obamacare to the proposed legislation.... and this happens all the time where someone slips in pork because they know the bill has to be passed... and also, in this case, hold a bill hostage because of some legislation that should be voted on, on its own merits... Whether you agree with Obamacare or not, it should not be in this bill and I can say that as an independent voter. If the republicans know it is so bad, then let it happen, and the midterm elections should be a breeze for them, and further, we should be seeing a republican president in 2016.... at which time you can reverse Obamacare.... what are you so afraid of; that it might be popular?

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bullgruntSep. 28, 13 5:34 AM

Basia2186, where did you read that federal workers are paid? It is unpaid leave.

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elmore1Sep. 28, 13 6:56 AM

Certainly Congress and the Senate should be considered "non-essential". Stop their paychecks, benefits and make them travel to Washington on their own dime...

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rangesonSep. 28, 13 7:05 AM

So can a financially injured taxpayer sue the republican party if they suffer a loss? Are any and all foreclosures put on hold until the govt. gets back up and running? Are student loan debt payments still going to be collected? What about colleges? Are they going to be impacted? What about our overseas programs? Any effects? Lots of questions that the few republican reps. I have contacted haven't been able to answer. Which begs the question: What the heck are these people doing in office?

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avejoeconSep. 28, 13 7:48 AM

rangeson-------------You have a hard time understanding the Gov't process. ONE party can't do anything by itself. It takes BOTH parties to shut down the gov't. In this case, Democrats have 2 of the 3 parts. So blaming the republicans is just plain silly.

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avejoeconSep. 28, 13 7:49 AM

Basia2186, where did you read that federal workers are paid? It is unpaid leave.---------------When was the last time they weren't paid during a shutdown. They always get back pay. Unlike the private sector who don't get paid during furloughs.

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calicocamSep. 28, 13 8:51 AM

Actually, avejoecon, one faction (GOP/TEA) of one party does have the ability to force a shutdown. Spending bills have to originate in the House. In normal times, the House passes a bill, negotiations (and compromises) are worked out between the two parties, and the bill passes the Senate and goes to the President. These are no longer normal times, because the GOP has been hijacked by extremists who will not compromise on a single thing, and are willing to let their country default unless they get their demands met. Classic hostage situation. What they want is for the Democrats to bend over and agree to the complete 2012 GOP platform, a platform rejected by the voters.

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furguson11Sep. 28, 13 9:07 AM

"But no one yet knew who would be deemed critical to government functions" What an odd statement...

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