Watkins to idled federal workers: ‘If you don’t get paid, I don’t’

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Freshman Second District Kansas Congressman Steve Watkins is tweeting his sentiments about the partial government shutdown and the fact that hundreds of thousands of federal workers are not getting paychecks.

On Friday, Watkins announced he will refuse his pay until the impasse has ended, and he is writing to congressional leaders expressing his wishes.

President Donald Trump declared Friday he could keep parts of the government shut down for “months or even years” as he and Democratic leaders failed in a second closed-door meeting to resolve his demand for billions of dollars for a border wall with Mexico. They did agree to a new round of weekend talks between staff members and White House officials.

Trump met in the White House Situation Room with congressional leaders from both parties as the shutdown hit the two-week mark amid the impasse over his wall demands. Democrats emerged from the two-hour meeting, which both sides said was contentious at times, to report little if any progress.

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