Union leaders laid out the devastating economic impact the federal shutdown is having on furloughed workers Wednesday during an appearance with Democratic lawmakers.
Less than 24 hours after President Trump made his fact-challenged prime time plea for a border wall, union reps painted a dire portrait of the realities facing federal workers.
“Employees can’t make their car payments, they can’t pay their daycare providers, if you don’t pay your daycare provider you lose your slot and that is serious business,” Holly Salamido, the president of the AFGE HUD council, said. “With the length of time this shutdown has gone on, people are going to start missing mortgage payments, which could affect their credit rating.
“These financial impacts are serious and long-lasting,” she added.
A phalanx of federal workers flanked Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as the pair tore into Trump for refusing to sign legislation reopening the government without funding for his proposed border wall.
The partial government shutdown, which has impacted nearly 800,000 federal employees, is now in its 19th day.
Schumer called workers the “collateral damage” of Trump’s “temper tantrum.”
He said the President failed to “persuade a soul” during his “divisive” prime-time address Tuesday night to the nation.
“We all want border security. There are different views on how to get there, but to hold these people hostage instead of just letting them do their jobs while we work out our differences, so wrong,” he said.
Trump, who argued on national television that a border wall is needed to resolve a security and humanitarian “crisis,” will meets with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill this afternoon before a White House meeting with leaders from both parties.