The grim effects of the ongoing partial government shutdown is putting a strain on Americans across the country. Civil cases in the Justice Department have been temporarily halted as federal attorneys have been furloughed, over 800,000 federal workers remain without pay, federally-funded researchers have had to pause their time-sensitive projects, and much more. If you're similarly frustrated and wondering if there's anything you can do
protest this government shutdown, here's how to make yourself heard.
It's entirely unclear when the shutdown,
which began on Dec. 22, will end. As President Donald Trump digs in his heels on the $5 billion demand for a border wall, and Democrats continue to resist that request, there seems to be no end in sight.
But while lawmakers quarrel with each other over border security, everyday Americans who work for the government are struggling to pay for their most
basic needs, like feeding themselves, caring for their health, and making sure they can pay rent on time. And they're understandably losing their patience, too. Already in Philadelphia and Missouri, federal workers have held protests against the shutdown.
Though it's ultimately up to Congress and Trump to strike a deal, there are some things that you can do to make sure elected officials know exactly how you feel about this government shutdown.
2 Contact Your Member Of Congress Alex Wong/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Get in touch with
your representative on Capitol Hill by dialing the congressional switchboard number: 202-224-3121. You can reach your representative by giving your address. Keep your message under 30 seconds and explain to them why you think it's important to reopen the government.
If your representative is a member of the Republican Party, you may have an even better shot at turning the tide: If GOP lawmakers hear that a lot of their constituents are being hurt by the shutdown, they're more likely to exercise that pressure on Trump to end the impasse. Already, two Republicans, Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, are publicly
imploring Trump to reopen the government.
Alternatively, you can also take to social media to send a message to your representative. C-SPAN has a list of
representatives on the platform, though keep in mind that tweets are character-limited. 3 Get To Talking Mario Tama/Getty Images News/Getty Images 4 Support Organizations For Migrants Mario Tama/Getty Images News/Getty Images 5 Help As Much As You Can Mark Makela/Getty Images News/Getty Images 6
Until Congress passes a new funding bill, and Trump signs it, this government shutdown will drag on. In the meantime, the suggestions listed above can give you ideas of how to protest this shutdown
and help those in need.