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For Immediate Release:
January 24, 2019
Media Contact:
Olga Vega
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Commissioner Diaz urges relief for federal employees affected by government shutdown

MIAMI – The Miami-Dade County Commission on Jan. 23 approved three resolutions sponsored by Jose “Pepe” Diaz to help federal employees affected by the ongoing government shutdown.

The federal government has been in a partial shutdown since Dec. 22 – the longest shutdown in history – due to Congress’ failure to provide $5.6 billion in funding demanded by President Trump for border security, including a border wall. The shutdown is affecting approximately 800,000 employees, who have either been furloughed or are working without pay, causing some of them to drain their savings to pay rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, credit card balances, health insurance premiums and other expenses.

The three resolutions:

“We must all do our part to help federal employees make ends meet during this government shutdown,” Commissioner Diaz said. “I also urge both parties in Congress to come together to resolve this impasse so our federal employees can get back to work.”