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January 17, 2019 5:25 p.m.

This Week: Trump Administration Picks And Chooses Which Employees Are Essential

As the record-breaking, 27-day partial government shutdown continues to affect millions of Americans — those paid by the government, and those dependent on funding and services left unavailable — the Trump administration has ensured that certain corners of the government go unaffected. And here, we see the administration’s priorities: Roughly 46,000 IRS workers, for example, will be forced to work without pay even though their services aren’t, seemingly, essential. But tax returns must go out, lest President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) feel the true fury of millions of taxpayers scorned. It gets swampier: the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is bringing back employees to work on the essential task of coordinating and overseeing oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico, CNN reported. The Bureau of Land Management did the same thing with DOI employees in Alaska. As TPM’s Cameron Joseph reports, based on data he reviewed from the Department…

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