If they are essential enough to keep working they should be paid as normal. If they are Nonessential why do we have them. I know if at anyone’s job someone was concerned nonessential then that position would be dissolved. The concept is one only politics could conceive of.
I do think it’s about time congress actually passed a budget to eliminate the need for these stupid side shows that distracts from the issues has gotten out of hand and created a lever for political disagreements that hurt people just trying to do there job. There hasn’t been a budget pass for several years. That is what needs to change.