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Quijano: Three Weeks In to Shutdown – Families, Federal Workers Deserve Better

(TRENTON) – Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union) issued the following statement on Day 28 of the partial federal shutdown.

“We are nearly one month in to the longest federal government shutdown in history. No true compassion has been shown by this administration for the federal workers facing rent payments, credit card bills and trying to meet the general needs of their families, like putting food on the table. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients may have to go a full month, possibly much longer without benefits and are being warned to budget accordingly. While this fight is over building a wall, homeland security is being negatively affected by the decision to hold government funding hostage until wall funding is approved.

“Nearly 5,000 federal workers call New Jersey home. There are roughly 700,000 New Jersey residents collecting SNAP benefits. That’s over a half-million residents who are adversely affected by this shutdown not including how many others face setbacks with federal entities such as the court system. This standoff will only hurt more New Jerseyans, the longer it continues.

“I feel for my Democratic colleagues working reasonably to resolve matters with a sitting president who is both injudicious and irrational. I applaud them for their steadfast efforts to resolve matters and fight for what is right and what is best for America.”