Trump’s Commerce Secretary Suggests Furloughed Government Workers Should Just Relax And Get A Loan

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NPR: “Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross downplayed the hardships caused by a partial government shutdown on Thursday as some 800,000 federal workers prepared to miss a second consecutive payday.

Ross told CNBC he is puzzled by reports of federal workers turning to food banks and other forms of relief, suggesting they should be able to obtain bridge loans to tide them over until the government reopens.”

“The 800,000 government employees have been furloughed or working without pay since Dec. 22, thanks to a stalemate over President Trump’s demand for a $5.7 billion border wall.

Trump defended his commerce secretary, suggesting that local grocers, bankers and landlords would make accommodations for cash-strapped federal workers during the partial shutdown.”