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PHOTOS: Federal Workers Protest in Senate Offices

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Today, federal workers furloughed by Donald Trump’s ongoing government shutdown — the longest in history — gathered in the Hart Senate Office building to protest the damage inflicted upon themselves and their families.

Hundreds of thousands of workers have been furloughed for 32 days as of this writing, while others have been forced to work without pay. This week, they will miss their second paycheck. As the shutdown continues to grind on, consequences have multiplied, with TSA workers calling in sick, food inspections being cut back, national parks going becoming hazardous, and couples being unable to marry. If the shutdown continues, SNAP nutritional benefits could be at risk while federal courts may have to shut down.

Today’s protest was organized by labor unions including the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and AFL-CIO.

Workers held 33 minutes of silent protest — one minute for each day the shutdown has lasted, chanted “no more food banks. We need paychecks,” held up paper plates to symbolize families going hungry, and then marched to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office.

View photos and videos of the protest today below: