FEMA emergency service contractors told to stop working during Trump's shutdown: report
President Donald J. Trump, left, greets FEMA Administrator Brock Long, center, and Sen. Marco Rubio shortly after arriving in Fort Meyers, Fla., Sept. 14, 2017. It was his first stop on a visit to thank service members and first responders and meet with victims of Hurricane Irma. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Kelley

Donald Trump's government shutdown has led to the suspension of emergency services staffed by private contractors.


The Young Turks' Ken Klippenstein reported Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency instructed hundreds of private contractors to cease working as the government ran out of funds to pay them.

"A full year appropriation or a continuing resolution has not been enacted for the current fiscal year," the DHS notice sent at the end of 2018 read. "As a result, certain existing contracts will be stopped."

The report noted that although "public disclosures are limited about the work being stopped," many of the contracts appear to relate to emergency services and preparedness.

Earlier in the week, McClatchy reported that some wildfire services -- including the training of firefighters -- had been halted due to the shutdown.

Klippenstein noted that the wildfire services report emerged the same day President Trump tweeted that he'd "ordered FEMA to send no more money" to California to fight the state's wildfires, which he claimed would never have happened with proper forest management.

"The contracts reviewed by TYT reveal that additional emergency services have also been suspended, from support for management of hazardous materials to meals for government employees deployed to Puerto Rico," the report noted.

Read the entire report via TYT.