"Except that in the meanwhile they can't pay their rent or buy things like food, gas, clothing, etc."
Let's take this red-herring out of the equation, shall we? In reality, they ARE going to get their back-pay. And also in reality, many financial institutions are offering zero interest loans to help those affected past the Trumper Tantrum. No matter how long it takes. Once they get paid, the loan gets paid off. It's a pain in the ass, yes, but nobody is going to be financially ruined. And the Republicans are losing votes with every passing minute.