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Shutdown Roundup: Paychecks missed; beer labels in limbo



A standoff over funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall continues to be felt across Missouri as the partial federal government shutdown reaches its 21st day Friday. If it continues Saturday, the shutdown will become the longest in U.S. history.

Here’s a look at some of the ways Missourians are feeling the partial shutdown:

Missed paychecks

Across the nation Thursday furloughed federal employees took to the streets to rally against the government shutdown, including in Kansas City. Friday is the first paycheck that many federal workers will miss as the shutdown enters its third week.

Workers in Kansas City protested outside the IRS offices on Thursday to emphasize the detrimental impact the shutdown is having on their financial situations, the Kansas City Star reports. Protestors spoke of the car payments, rent and utilities bills, loans and other facets of everyday life that are being hurt.

Fed Med morale

In Springfield, the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners is struggling with low morale, the Springfield News-Leader reports. The center, which houses about 1,050 male inmates, already had to grapple with losing approximately 100 positions last year.

Beer label limbo

A new Kansas City brewery and eatery is grappling with the shutdown, as well. City Barrel Brewing is awaiting federal approvals of labels so it can sell its new India Pale Ale, KCUR reports. However, the federal agency responsible for approving alcohol labels is not reviewing submissions during the shutdown. As the beer’s freshness diminishes, City Barrel may be forced to give away 500 gallons for free.

Lawmakers

Missouri lawmakers in Washington continue to dig in along party lines, with Republicans discussing border security and Democrats decrying President Donald Trump’s demand for a wall.

Republican Sen. Josh Hawley said Democrats must agree to funding a border structure for the gridlock to halt, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. His fellow Missouri Republican, Sen. Roy Blunt, also supported Trump Wednesday on the Senate floor.

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