The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will offer emergency food boxes to furloughed government workers. Who to turn to for comfort? The short-term stopgap spending bill, which does not include funds for building a wall at the Southern border, will reportedly keep the government funded for the next 3-weeks through February 15.
The standoff between Trump and opposition Democrats over border wall funding has seen some 800,000 federal employees to go without pay.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross questioned why cash-poor workers were using food banks instead of taking out loans. The loudest Arrested Development narrator voice possible here: They aren't. It's keeping its doors open until 4 p.m. today, and federal employees are only asked to bring in their government IDs. So far, food bank workers say about a dozen people have come by to get bags of food and take a look at what they're supplying.
On Thursday, the non-profit food bank made two stops in Miami-Dade - one at Miami International Airport and one at the Federal Bureau of Prisons - to deliver meat, produce, hygiene items and cleaning supplies.
"Is this the "Let them eat cake" kind of attitude?" said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. For example, the lowest-paid postal employee in Des Moines, Iowa, earns $15 per hour, federal data show - more than twice the US minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. One furloughed customer said the credit union immediately granted him a two-month extension on a mortgage payment when he called to say he'd missed a paycheck and expected to miss a second.
"For many government workers, it's still a chance to have real upward mobility but also be able to balance work and life", said David Van Slyke, dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
She then explained on Fox News Channel on Thursday that she is "incredibly empathetic towards anyone right now without paycheck" but that "my whole point was that the president is standing strong on his position because this is really about the future of our country, about fixing that immigration system".
"I've tried to be prepared, but how do you budget when you don't know what the end is?"