Lacking a deal in the meantime, the government shuts down at midnight on Friday night.
No, it wouldn’t do to stay in Washington DC and try to reach anÂ accommodationÂ with the Republicans to either avoid a shutdown or make sure it’s a very short one.
As reported in the Federal Times, House member Jim Moran (D VA) told a meeting of federal employees,
If you are a federal employee, I think you need to start conserving whatever financial resources you have. Be very careful about large purchases. Make sure you have enough money at least for the mortgage, or the monthly rent and car payment and so on. Because this could be extended.
We would hope and expect that if there is a shutdown that it will only last through the weekend. We of course will be on the job throughout the weekend trying to reach a resolution. An extension might last until the middle of next week. But Congress has decided that itâ€™s going to take an Easter break, the district work period they call it. But for two weeks, Congress wonâ€™t be in session.Â So if there isnâ€™t any resolution, the furlough could well extend for three or four weeks.
One woman threw her hands up in the air in frustration, and another man angrily asked Moran, â€œWhy donâ€™t you stay on the job, then?â€
Refuse to pay the troops during the shutdown, then go on vacation.
The optics for the Democrats are going to be very, very bad.
Update: Video of the town hall meeting where Moran actually tells a veteran (at about 4:10) to sit down and shut up or leave.
This is the respect that our Dem reps give to the people who employ them.