1. Various of lawmakers, labor union representatives and federal government workers at the rally
UPSOUND: "Stop the shutdown! Stop the shutdown! Stop the shutdown!"
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Leiran Bitom, Furloughed Government Worker:
"I work in the air permitting program so any company that wants to expand can't do so without an air permit. So we're closed. They can't get an air permit right now. That's hurting the economy. That's business that companies are losing. So, yeah, they're out of luck until we get back to work."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Leiran Bitom, Furloughed Government Worker:
"Well, there's a lot of uncertainty right now. I wanna get to work. My family depends on me earning an income and also the people in my community depend on me helping to protect air quality. So it's a ... it's really difficult for us. And we just wanna get back to work."
Federal workers who aren't getting paychecks amid the lingering government shutdown rallied in Boston Friday to call on President Donald Trump to drop his demand for funding for a wall on the southern U.S. border.
Furloughed workers carrying signs with messages such as "Don't Wall Feds Out" chanted "Let us serve" and "We want to work" in the frigid cold as others described the toll the three-week impasse is beginning to have on their families.
Leiran Biton, a furloughed employee with the Environmental Protection Agency, said the closure is hurting the economy because any company that wants to expand can't do so without an air permit. "They're out of luck until we get back to work."