We, the frontline federal employees impacted by the government shutdown, are caught in a political fight we did not create and cannot resolve. Our elected leaders can, however, and we ask you to do so immediately. Many of us have missed paychecks. Some employees are already in desperate financial situations. Others are navigating missed mortgage and rent payments, medical bills and tuition payments. We are American citizens with full-time positions with the U.S. government, and this cannot continue. It is urgent that you pull employees out of the middle of this political battle, fully open the government and get us paid so we can do the important work of the American people.