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Federal employees rally in Covington, calling for end to government shutdown

'We are human beings with families'
Government shutdown rally
Posted at 6:32 AM, Jan 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-10 18:17:41-05

COVINGTON, Ky. — "My life, my job is not another brick in your wall," one sign read as federal employees rallied Thursday to call for an end to the weeks long government shutdown.

Employees from the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies rallied outside the IRS Service Center at 301 West 4th St.

The government shutdown has left hundreds of thousands of federal workers without pay. The shutdown centers on President Trump’s demands for $5 billion to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Debbie Mullikin has been through shutdowns before in her 22 years with the IRS. But she’s never seen anything like this.

"We are human beings with families and micro economies that depend on us … we come in and do our job because the government determined that it was an important job to have,” Mullikin said.

A local group, United We Stand Cincinnati, organized another rally outside Republican Sen. Rob Portman’s office at 312 Walnut St. in Cincinnati later Thursday afternoon.

The shutdown, which started Dec. 22, is within days of becoming the longest on record.

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