The partial government shutdown reached a record 22nd day Saturday, and with hundreds of thousands of federal workers caught in the bureaucratic crossfire, it’s communities of color who are likely taking the hardest hit, the Congressional Black Caucus said.

The Partnership for Public Service Black estimates that Black people are 18 percent of the federal workforce despite making up just 12 percent of the country’s population — a statistic not lost on the CBC.

“We know that communities of color are disproportionately affected by this irresponsible Trump government shutdown,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who joined CBC Chair Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and fellow Democratic Reps. Bennie Thompson (Miss.) and Anthony Brown (Md.) for a media conference call Friday. “And today is especially painful for so many workers because it should be payday.”

Without these paychecks, many federal workers are hanging by a thread, she said.

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