Phones ‘Ringing Off the Hook’ from Worried Federal Workers
Federal workers are flooding congressional offices with concerned calls about how they’ll pay their bills, and lawmakers who represent them in the D.C. area vowed Wednesday to do all they can to help end the partial government shutdown. Calling the shutdown “stupid, uncalled for, unnecessary,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the House will pass four spending bills this week aimed at opening up federal agencies that have remained closed during the shutdown…. Others who spoke at the news conference on Wednesday included: John Sarbanes, a Democrat who represents Maryland’s 3rd District; David Trone, a Democrat who represents Maryland’s 6th District; and Jamie Raskin, a Democrat representing Maryland’s 8th District. Union representatives of federal workers also urged the president and congressional leaders to reopen the government.