Washington Post

Shutdown looms, but federal employee isn't done repairing damage from previous one

Vicki Ibarra calls a friend to ask for money so she can pay to save her repossessed car on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, in Fresno, California. Foto: Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford.

FRESNO, Calif. - The federal government had finally called her back to work after 35 days, but now Vicki Ibarra wondered how she could afford to get there. Her used sedan had been repossessed by the bank a few days earlier. The family minivan had a faulty engine and barely any gas. Her internet connection had been cut off a month into the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, so she used a friend's to get access her bank account. There was $0.38 in checking and $7.80 in savings, all the 16-year IRS employee had left...

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