Government Shutdown Hits WV Federal Workers Hard

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It’s Day 21 of the Government Shutdown, tying the record for longest shutdown. While the shutdown rages on, both Democrats and Republicans are digging their heals in on the issue of Border Security. 

“I think President Trump is going to stand strong and I’m going to stand strong with him,” said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, (R) West Virginia.

“Continuing to think you’re going to hold most of the country hostage and the hardships that people are having right now because of this impasse is wrong,” said Sen. Joe Manchin, (D) West Virginia. 

Senator Manchin announced he would donate his salary during the shutdown to West Virginia Food Banks earlier this week. On Friday he made in person visits to a few in the area, one being United Food Operation.

“Take a front row seat, you don’t know it any better until you do that right? And I felt like he had a front row seat today,” said Elaine Harris, Chairperson of United Food Operation.

Senator Manchin also visited Yeager Airport where TSA Workers missed out on their first paycheck today.

“Concerned about having the money, making it to work, paying those bills, affording food, childcare,” said Sarah Turley, Vice President of AFGE TSA Local 0449.

Senator Manchin said his advice to President Donald Trump would be to declare a national emergency and let the courts decide, that way the country can get funding for at least some of the federal programs but the President did say today he would not rush into declaring a national emergency.

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