The daily business briefing: January 11, 2019

Federal workers protest shutdown as it ties record for longest in history, Lampert ups bid to save Sears, and more

Government workers protest the shutdown
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1. Federal workers protest shutdown as it ties record for longest in history

Hundreds of federal workers furloughed under a partial government shutdown joined contractors, union representatives, and supporters Thursday in a protest outside the White House, calling on President Trump and Congress to reopen the government. "We want to send a very strong message — that this is not about politics, it's about getting people back to work," said Brittany Holder, a spokeswoman for the NFFE and a protest organizer. Roughly 800,000 federal workers sent home or working without pay head into their first payday with no checks on Friday at the end of the shutdown's third week. On Friday, it tied for the longest government closure in U.S. history, and senators have gone home for the weekend, ensuring it will set a record.

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