Josh Barro
Business Insider
Oct. 11, 2013

I got an email Thursday evening from Erik Finkelnburg, a Customs and Border Patrol agent based in southern California.

He’s sick of hearing people say the government shutdown isn’t a big deal because 85% of government employees are still at work — a “government slimdown,” as Fox News has called it.

Like about 1.5 million federal civilian employees, Finkelnburg is among that 85% because he’s “essential” to the protection of life and property. But until the shutdown is resolved, he won’t get paid for any work he’s performed after Sept. 30.

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