As a real estate mogul, Donald Trump was notorious for swindling low-wage workers out of pay.So—as economist Robert Reich put it—\u0022no one should be surprised\u0022 that Trump is continuing this cruel practice as president, this time by reportedly refusing to sign any government funding deal that includes back pay for the estimated 580,000 federal contractors who were furloughed or forced to work without pay for over a month due to the shutdown.\u0022Just in case you need more evidence that Donald Trump doesn\u0026#039;t care about American workers, he views giving back pay to federal contractors like custodians and food service workers as a dealbreaker —Rep. Mark Pocan\u0022I\u0026#039;ve been told the president won\u0026#039;t sign that,\u0022 Sen. Roy Blunt told ABC News, as Democrats made a last-minute push on Wednesday to attach back pay for contractors to the bipartisan federal spending package. \u0022I guess federal contractors are different in his view than federal employees.\u0022Unlike government employees, who are typically guaranteed compensation for lost pay following shutdowns, federal contractors are usually denied back pay because they work for third-party companies.In response to Blunt\u0026#039;s comment, Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.)—who, along with Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.), has been pushing for back pay for contractors—declared on Twitter, \u0022It would be cruel and unnecessary to block back pay for federal contract workers who lost more than a month of wages and are still behind on bills due to President Trump\u0026#039;s shutdown.\u0022But late Wednesday night, just hours after Blunt\u0026#039;s remark, the final text of the spending agreement was made public—and its sprawling 1,768 pages does not include back pay for federal contractors.\u0022Just in case you need more evidence that Donald Trump doesn\u0026#039;t care about American workers, he views giving back pay to federal contractors like custodians and food service workers as a dealbreaker,\u0022 said Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. \u0022This is egregious. Especially since he is the reason they didn\u0026#039;t get paid.\u0022Just in case you need more evidence that Donald Trump doesn\u0026#039;t care about American workers, he views giving back pay to federal contractors like custodians and food service workers as a dealbreaker.This is egregious. Especially since he is the reason they didn\u0026#039;t get paid. https://t.co/Q9XQIN1YBB— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) February 13, 2019Contract workers deserve the pay they lost due to Trump\u0026#039;s shutdown. But, of course, Trump has spent his entire career stiffing contrators, so no one should be surprised. https://t.co/F08yvl5gZ5— Robert Reich (@RBReich) February 14, 2019But while Democrats worked behind the scenes to include back pay for contractors in the final spending agreement—which is expected to receive a vote before the full Congress as early as Thursday—analysts argued that Democratic negotiators and leaders share some of the blame for failing to publicly fight for some of the most vulnerable workers in the country.\u0022Letting Republicans anonymously kill back pay for federal contractors in some backroom seems like a policy and political failure for Democrats.\u0022 —Matt Fuller, Huffington Post\u0022Demanding pay for the 500,000 federal contractors who were locked out of work for 35 days seems like one of those things Democrats could take to the American people and shame Trump and other Republicans into doing the right thing,\u0022 wrote Huffington Post reporter Matt Fuller. \u0022[L]etting Republicans anonymously kill back pay for federal contractors in some backroom seems like a policy and political failure for Democrats.\u0022While the agreement doesn\u0026#039;t include back pay for contract workers, it does include over $1.3 billion in funds for fencing and barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border and money for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)—concessions by Democrats that rights groups have decried as deeply harmful to immigrant communities.\u0022Trump threatened to shut down the government again unless Congress gave him and his deportation force more cash to execute their racist vision of mass deportation, and while Democrats gave him the money, immigrant families will pay the price,\u0022 Greisa Martinez Rosas, deputy executive director of United We Dream, told The Intercept.