As the White House and Democrats in Congress remained at odds over President Donald Trump's demand for money to build his border wall, hundreds of thousands of federal employees are facing the prospect of missing a paycheck at the end of next week, as the impact of a lack of a funding deal will cause financial pain to more than just people who work around the Washington, D.C. metro area.
"Even if we go back to work on Wednesday, the soonest we'd see a paycheck is the first week of February," one Commerce Department worker told me. "A long time from now."
Asked at a Rose Garden news conference on Friday what plans he had to help federal workers - if an extended shutdown developed - the President turned the conversation back to his goal of getting at least $5.6 billion for his border wall.
"This does really have a higher purpose than next week's pay, and the people that won't get next week's pay, or the following week's pay, I think if you ever really looked at those people, I think they'd say, 'Mr. President, keep going.'"
Most federal workers were paid on December 28 - their next paycheck is scheduled for January 11, for a pay period that ends on January 5.
But the shutdown won't only impact the suburbs of Washington, and that's increasingly being seen in local news reports around the country.
Negotiations led by Vice President Pence will resume on Saturday - but he will meet with Congressional staff, not lawmakers.
The House and Senate are not in session again until Tuesday - as for now, the partial shutdown, and the fight over money for a border wall, seems no closer to a resolution.