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Federal workers turning to Lyft, Uber for work during government shutdown

FILE - In this March 15, 2017, file photo, a sign marks a pick-up point for the Uber car service at LaGuardia Airport in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

At 17 days, today ties the length of the second longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

As it drags on, hundreds of thousands of federal workers are trying to figure out how to make ends meet, and in some cases changing spending habits.

Rideshare driver Cliff Monroe has made more than 10,000 trips, but three weeks into the government shutdown, he says business has come to a screeching hault.

"Whenever the government is shutdown, it really affects us," Monroe told ABC7 News Monday.

The drivers we talked to say their bread and butter are tourists and government workers.

“We don’t know what to do the next three weeks... or months," said rideshare driver Anastasia Njenta.

But now, some of 800,000 government workers who are not being paid are getting behind the wheel to make an extra buck.

"With the government shutdown, you have more people working for the government doing Uber, and for the full-time Uber drivers, that is really affecting us too, and our money," said rideshare driver Nate Murrell.

Negotiations about the border wall are going nowhere, so President Donald Trump is looking at declaring a national emergency to bypass Congress and use $5.7 billion from military funds to build the wall.

Democrats warn that could lead to a court battle and they’re demanding the government be re-opened before they continue negotiations.

Until both sides figure it out, Monroe is staying positive.

"Life has its curves and straight lines—you got to take the bitter with the sweet," said Monroe.

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