The other 30,000 employees are not deemed “essential” workers.
“The Department of Homeland Security will not be funded,” said Hoyer. “There are 230,000 people who work at that Department, and 30,000 of them, mostly administrative personnel, will be laid off. The others, known as critically important important—essential employees who are on the front line—will work, but they won’t get paid.
“We can lament what others have done to undermine our national security,” Hoyer said, “and share—I think in a bipartisan way—the conclusion that we ought not to further those enterprises, but as I said, Mr. Speaker, by our own hand we are about to shut down the Department of Homeland Security.”