So Democrats can just lay the blame on the Republicans, hopefully fostering anger among federal workers that they're not getting paid. Dan Crenshaw Calls Out Democrats: Stop Using Federal Workers as Pawns and Pay Them "While most were drinking the mainstream media Kool-Aid that Republicans and President Trump are responsible for keeping paychecks out of the hands of federal employees affected by the government shutdown, a bill was brought to the House floor that would have paid them their first paycheck of 2019. It failed. Despite six Democrats voting in favor of the bill, the Democratic majority shot it down, preventing their political pawns – the 800,000 people directly affected by the government shutdown – from getting paid. Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) pointed it out and received a good amount of interactions on Twitter, but most in mainstream media refused to run this narrative-busting truth. Democrats just voted – for the second time – to kill an effort that would have provided federal workers with their first paycheck of the year. Last week, Republicans voted in favor of an MTR that would have provided the paychecks they earned through January 15. Only six Democrats crossed party lines to support it. Today, the number of Democrats joining us in our second attempt to pay federal workers jumped to 11 as more of them panic over Nancy Pelosi’s failed shutdown strategy. https://www.gop.gov/dems-block-another-gop-attempt-to-pay-federal-workers/ Looks like the Democrats don't want federal workers to be paid unless it is part of a larger budget deal. So while Trump might bear responsibility for the overall shutdown, when it comes to the specific issue of paying federal workers, the blame lies on both sides.