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How the government shutdown is impacting the Carolinas

From hurricane recovery efforts to workers not being paid, the Carolinas are feeling the impact as the government shutdown continues.

WCNC Staff

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Published: 1/15/2019 11:27:05 AM
Updated: 1:12 PM EST January 15, 2019

With the partial federal government shutdown in the midst of its fourth week, the Carolinas are feeling the impact. 

From furloughed employees not being paid for their work to hurricane recovery in the eastern part of North Carolina, millions of people have been impacted by the shutdown that's connected to funding a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

On Tuesday, President Trump rejected a suggestion from South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham to reopen the government while negotiations continue with Democrats over Trump's demand for $5.7 billion to build the wall. 

Graham proposed the idea last week and said if negotiations with Democrats broke down, Trump would declare a national emergency to get the wall. Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware called Graham's proposal a "great place to start." Trump backed off the national emergency chatter Tuesday, saying, "this is so simple we shouldn't have to." 

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