ARLINGTON, Va. (CBS Local) — The partial government shutdown is wreaking havoc on the ride-sharing industry, especially in the nation’s capital.

Ride-sharing drivers in Washington, D.C., say tourists and government workers are normally their core customers. But business has come to a screeching halt since the partial government shutdown began Dec. 21.

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And now, some of the 800,000 government workers who are not being paid are getting behind the wheel to make ends meet.

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“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 ride-share driver Nate Murrell.

Meantime, negotiations to end the shutdown remain at an impasse. President Donald Trump says he may declare a national emergency to bypass Congress and use $5.7 billion from military funds to build a wall along the nation’s southern border. But Democrats, who refuse to fund a border wall, say that could lead to a court battle.

Until both sides figure it out, Monroe said he’s trying to stay positive.

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“Life has its curves and straight lines—you got to take the bitter with the sweet,” he said.