President Donald Trump suggested on Thursday that the 800,000 workers who face a second missed paycheck at the end of this week should essentially borrow food to go through the longest government shutdown in US history.
They know who they are when they buy food and everything else, "said Trump at a White House meeting on federal workers. "And I think … that they will cooperate. I know that banks are involved. "
" And that happens in times like these, "Trump continued. "They know people, they have to deal with them for years, and they work with them."
Trump's apparent suggestion that local grocery stores could eat starving state workers at an IOU was offered as an explanation for the comments made Thursday by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, who asked why workers who are not being paid are looking to food banks have to turn to get help. Ross, himself a millionaire, said workers should simply take out emergency loans to cover their living expenses.
"Right, people may have to pay some interest," Ross said. "But the idea that it's" paycheck or zero "is not really a valid idea."
These comments were corroborated on Thursday by White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, who praised federal workers for "volunteering" by shutting down because they support Trump
"God bless them. They work for free. They volunteer, "Kudlow told reporters," but they do it because they believe that government service is honorable and they believe in President Trump, and they work as hard as ever. "
The closure does not show any Signs of the end of day 35. Trump insists he vetoed a financing law that does not include funds for a wall on the southwestern frontier ̵
After the voices failed, Trump and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders backed the US president's $ 5 billion request Trump said he was ready to " Proportional Down "to Accept Payment" on the Wall.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY ), met on Wednesday afternoon in the Capitol, but there are no details on the deal, if any discussed. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rejected the compromise on the down payment.
"This is not a sensible agreement between the senators," Pelosi told CNN.
Frustration among federal employees and contractors continued on Thursday As agencies such as the Road Safety Department (TSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which includes the country's air traffic controllers, are struggling with "sick leave," low staff levels and long working hours for workers who work without pay. 19659002] The Association of National Air Traffic Controllers made a dramatic statement to the Air Line Pilots Association International and the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA warning that the country's civil aviation shutdown could lead to its breaking point.
The risk-averse industry can neither calculate the current risk potential nor predict the timing at which the entire system will break, "the unions said. "It is unprecedented."
The current decommissioning saves military salaries, but members of the Coast Guard, who fall under the Homeland Security Authority, work without pay. The Coast Guard said on Thursday that the families of guardsmen who are currently working for no pay will not receive a death benefit if they are killed while standing in the context of their service.
Earlier this week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) told The Employees' Union that their members could not return to the tax season during downtime if they ran into financial difficulties, resulting in the possibility of millions of tax refunds being postponed.
Trump's Popularity Has Arrived as a Closure In Morning Consult's recent survey, only 40 percent of registered voters approved its work performance. Morning Consult found that 49 percent of voters were responsible for closure before Trump, while 35 percent were accused of congressional Democrats.
In a separate CBS survey that ended on January 21, 71 percent of respondents said Trump's border wall was not closed. The closure of the federal government is worthwhile.
When federal workers across the country queued at food banks, borrowing and rationing life-saving medicines to do without a paycheck, Trump government officials continue to insist on shutting down support on many federal workers.
"I love her," Trump told reporters on Thursday by federal workers. "I respect them, I really appreciate the great work they are doing, many of these people who are not paid are absolutely in favor of what we do because they know that the future of this country depends on a strong limit. Especially a strong southern border. "