ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) -- As the government shutdown is on track to become the longest in U.S. history, many federal workers are preparing to face their first missed paycheck of the shutdown.
Some of the more than 800,000 federal employees affected by the shutdown missed their first paycheck today. This comes as the government shutdown hits its 21st day, tying the record for the longest government shutdown.
With lawmakers and the executive branch in a standoff over funding for a border wall, the problem looks to get worse. But, retired U.S. Air Force Major General John Borling of Rockford tells 23 News that it may not be such a bad thing. In fact, he thinks the shutdown needs to hurt before progress can be made.
He says, "But if you start squeezing the congressmen and the senators and squeeze the members of the executive branch, I think it would get solved in a hurry. Right now, the pain seems tolerable. If you're going to move this intractable system of ours, then the pain factor has to be substantial. My view is the government shutdown is not painful enough. I believe that if these matters get to a more serious state, that in fact the legislatures involved and executives involved should get no pay."
If the government stays shutdown into next week, expect more interruptions to government programs, as well as those already slowed down or shut down completely. In addition, some U.S. Coast Guard members could miss paychecks on Tuesday and then the Federal Courts resources will be depleted one week from today.