Trump’s Economic Adviser Compares Government Shutdown To Vacation

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And then they come back and then they get their back pay, says Kevin Hassett

Washington:

US President Donald Trump's economic advisor Kevin Hassett has compared the ongoing federal government shutdown as a vacation, saying that furloughed workers were "better off".

"Huge share of government workers were going to take vacation days, say between Christmas and New Year's. And then we have a shutdown and so they can't go to work, and so then they have the vacation but they don't have to use their vacation days," CNN quoted Hassett as saying in a TV interview on Sunday.

"And then they come back and then they get their back pay, then they're, in some sense they're better off," Hassett said.

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On Saturday, the shutdown reached its 21st day, breaking the record to become the longest government shutdown in US history — with no end in sight.

The shutdown has impacted roughly a quarter of the federal government and hundreds of thousands of federal workers, CNN said.

An estimated 800,000 federal workers have been affected by the lapse in funding — either by having to work without pay while it lasts or by being furloughed.

Mr Trump and lawmakers are still locked in a standoff over the President's demand that Congress allocate $5.7 billion to build a wall at the US-Mexico border.

Mr Trump has said he is considering declaring a national emergency to get the money but would prefer to strike a deal with Congress.

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