As the partial government shutdown heads toward day 5, federal employees and others have taken to Twitter to share their experiences via #ShutdownStories.
About 800,000 employees are affected by the partial shutdown, which began at midnight Friday and covers about 25 percent of government agencies.
On Christmas morning, President Donald Trump said the nation needs "a wall, a fence, whatever they want to call it," but Democrats say they will not support his calls for $5 billion for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
As the standoff continued Tuesday, tweets from parents described anxiety about not being able to pay their bills, like this one from a single mother:
And another Twitter user who worried about paying for her husband's caregiver:
Others said they were concerned about getting needed health care:
For one granddaughter, the government closure meant her relatives did not have their source of livelihood:
And those with loved ones serving in the military or as law enforcement tweeted about doing dangerous work for no or deferred pay:
One user expressed gratitude his car payment had been deferred but indicated he might be evicted if the shutdown drags on:
And finally, one traveler thanked those continuing to serve the public despite the uncertainty:
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Shutdown stories: Federal employees share anxiety via Twitter