"The US government shutdown is dominating news in America. In terms of the political fight between Democrats and Republicans but for North America correspondent Khanna Duffy. The story has become one lived at home as well as work. He's what is one of the workers, and he fouled this reflection on what is shutdowns like for the people. Most affected truly thrilled every American very merry Christmas during the Christmas season, we rejoice in God's many blessings among US president Donald Trump's many promises was vowed to restore Christmas which he claimed was under threat from political correctness. Four days prior to Christmas, though, the president and then Republican controlled house and Senate shut down the government because the lightest budget Bill did not include five billion dollars for his signature promise, the border wall. He's christmas. Message had an extra edge while we're fighting over funding. We're. Also building. And it's my hope to have this done completed all five hundred to five hundred fifty miles to have an either renovated or brand new by election. Most of the news coverage focused on the politics with both sides blaming each other. We begin with the White House blaming Democrats for this partial government shutdown. If it has I found out this story has a postal edge about three hundred eighty thousand workers will full to stay home without pay another four hundred twenty thousand had to work without pay. My wife is in the first group the weeks leading up to the shutdown with filled with anxious group chat messages as she and her colleagues debated whether it would really happen. This time on Christmas Eve it did. And our income was effectively halved it's an expensive time of year, and it meant budgets had to be reworked in a shutdown. These no guarantee back pay will be paid. And this one could lost several weeks. We cancelled a holiday we had coming up and delayed. My wife's annual purchase of new running gear. We're in pretty good shape. And it wasn't too big a deal for us. But it's hard to imagine any strategy employer. Let alone the government being legally allowed. To treat this stuff. Like, this many others have it much tougher and many more rely on government services. The bulk of government workers are low paid some couples have both partners working for it. And as such live paycheck to paycheck and number of DC restaurants, put on free meals for the stuff at home, and like, many others. We went along to one of our locals for a free sandwich. It was a strange though, relatively painless experience. But for some families, it's a really terrible time and many were unimpressed that day when the president tweeted pull me about having to spend Christmas alone at the White House trying to strike a deal CNN's, Don, lemon summed up the feeling for some families stuck at home while the president variously described them as being both pro his wool, and then the next day Democrats, but what is true what Israel for so many American families is that hundreds of thousands of federal employees are taking. The brunt of the partial shutdown. The government nearing its seventh day now going without paychecks this holiday season, federal work is run able to speak to the media and as such voices get lost amid the political drama. I found one worker who agreed to speak to me as long as we changed her name. His Valerie, I think the biggest impact has to do with uncertainty and just not really knowing what's going to happen. Or when things are going to happen. I think everybody's really worried about when we're going to get paid. If we're going to get paid people bills. Don't stop just because the government workers are on furlough. So I think it's that uncertainty and the stress financially kind of the biggest impact in the US workers rely on their employees medical insurance to cover expenses. And Valerie wasn't sure if she could get treatment for an injury picked up on the shutdown at did wanna be able to go in and get my wrist Rayed. And it just occurred to me before. Call my doctor that oh Lord am I even going to have health insurance and be able to get this taken care of? And I was worried about it. Because I think it is something that could easily get worse if I put it off in wait longer. So just that's what I mean about the uncertainty that every everyday thing that you take for granted you actually have to double check 'em. I covered a have insurance like who you know, in finding information. How do you even know who the call the gets those answers? Luckily, Valerie's health insurance is still valid. She still worried though about the people she served through work. And what this will mean for them. It has been set back for sure for sure I mean, there are there are, you know, citizens we are here to serve the public. So there are people out there who are relying on me right now to be processing, you know, their requests in and things like that that I just it's not going to happen right now. And just knowing that when they me right now, they're getting out of office response. It is. In fact, it is impacting them direct. Really important on tiffy research as well as some government welfare programs suspended, and the shutdown is very much enforced. It's frustrating for passionate committed workers like my wife and Valerie who loved the work, they do and worry about its progress. Even cleaners aunt allowed into their offices. The first day back from holiday is usually, HUD, but many government employees will return to a backlog of work as well as an office full of dead plants and rotting food. That's the inside story of the US government shutdown North America correspondent Khanna Duffy."