The government has been shut down for almost three weeks now and it doesn’t show signs of stopping. Donald Trump has been asked about it constantly and has often said that he won’t end the shutdown until he gets his proposed border wall.
One of the most frequently asked questions about the shutdown is: how do federal employees feel about not getting paid while having bills and other responsibilities?
Well, according to White House chief economic adviser Kevin Hassett, furloughed workers are now “better off” because they didn’t have to use their vacation hours during the holidays.
Hassett told PBS during an appearance on “NewsHour” that the timing of the shutdown coming during the holidays allowed furloughed workers to avoid having to use vacation days.
“And then we have a shutdown, and so they can’t go to work,” he said in the interview Thursday. “So then they have the vacation, but they don’t have to use their vacation days. And then they come back, and they get their back pay.”
Hassett then argued that the workers who have been impacted would have taken a vacation anyway.
“A huge share of government workers were going to take vacation days, say between Christmas and New Year’s,” he said.
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) January 10, 2019