FBI agents, with more than half a million other federal employees, will miss their first paychecks on Friday because of the shutdown. The group sent Congress a letter arguing that “financial security is a matter of national security.”
The organization representing FBI agents called for an end to the ongoing partial government shutdown, warning that the lapse in funds is unsustainable and could ultimately compromise national security, Politico reports. The FBI Agents Association, which represents nearly all active duty FBI agents, urged Congress to pass appropriations for the Department of Justice as soon as possible, noting that FBI agents, along with more than half a million other federal employees, are set to miss their first paychecks on Friday because of the shutdown. The group sent a letter arguing that “financial security is a matter of national security.”
The partial shutdown, now in its 21st day, shows no signs of ending anytime soon as negotiations between Democrats and the White House over the issue of funding for border security remain at an impasse. While House Democrats aim to pass individual spending bills that would reopen more of the government, Republicans have largely stood with President Trump in opposition to a piecemeal approach without concessions from Democrats. The letter from the FBI agent group undercuts Trump’s argument that large parts of the federal workforce support his push for border wall funds, even if it means the government shutdown persists. The agents warn that resources for FBI investigations are running thin. Financial uncertainty caused by the possibility of future shutdowns could affect the agency in the long run by deterring prospective agents from joining or causing current agents to seek employment in the private sector.