Some 800,000 people in the federal workforce are impacted by the Trump shutdown, including low-wage workers. That does not include contractors — janitors, food service workers, security guards and others — who have lost their income and will not get back pay when the government reopens, but still need to find ways to pay for childcare, housing, food, and medicine, and in other ways support their families.
The government shutdown is impacting different kinds of Utahns:
- Utah IRS workers protested the shutdown last week because some of these workers face losing their mortgages and are visiting food pantries to provide for their families (read more here)
- If the shutdown lasts much longer, food programs for women and children in Utah could get shut down, including the Utah Women, Infants and Children Program, SNAP and the National School Lunch Program, which feeds children at nearly 1,000 Utah schools (more here)
- Also at stake are closures in national parks and delayed reimbursements to the Utah National Guard
If the shutdown continues, Utah will have to dip into its rainy day fund to cover federal expenses. In addition, the Utah and U.S. economy will suffer losses. During the 2013 shutdown, which lasted 16 days, cost our economy between $2-6 billion in lost output. Estimates show that the current shutdown is now more expensive than Trump’s wall.
Today is the 27th day of the current shutdown — the longest in U.S. history. Tell Congress that important programs, the U.S. economy and the salaries of 800,000 workers should not be held hostage over a political fight about the border wall.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Ask our Senators to come to the table and pass spending bills. Several have been passed in the House already. If the Senate takes action, the shutdown will be ended.
- Ask our Senators to support S 72 Federal Employee Civil Relief Act (S.72), a bill that would safeguard federal employees impacted by the shutdown from eviction, foreclosure, vehicle repossession, missed student loan and bill payments, and losing health insurance due to missed premium. The protections would last for 30 days following a shutdown to give federal employees time to catch up with their bills and debt.
- Let your Senators and congressional rep know that you do not support a border wall. There are better and far more cost effective ways of securing our borders.
Sen. Mitt Romney 202-224-5251 (DC) // Twitter: @senorromney // Facebook: @mittromney
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden) // Email // Twitter: @SenMikeLee // Facebook: @senatormikelee
Rep. Rob Bishop (Congressional District 1): 202-225-0453 (DC) // 801-625-0107 (Ogden)
Rep. Chris Stewart (Congressional District 2): 202-225-9730 (DC) // 801-364-5550 (SLC) // 435-627-1500 (St. George)
Rep. John Curtis (Congressional District 3): (202) 225-7751 (DC) // (801) 851-2500 (Provo)
Rep. Ben McAdams (Congressional District 4): (202) 225-3011 (DC)
US Capitol switchboard: (202)-225-3121
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