California Governor Gavin Newsom is promising his furloughed constituents that they’ll get federal assistance despite what President Donald Trump’s administration says.
According to NPR, Newsom visited TSA workers at the Sacramento International Airport on Thursday and told them they can apply for unemployment benefits, even though the administration told states that it wasn’t possible.
“We’re going to do it, and shame on them,” he told the agents.
Because of this pointless government shutdown, tens of thousands of Californians are being furloughed or forced to work without pay.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) January 13, 2019
Funds for furloughed workers and federal employees who are working without pay will be provided through the California Employment Development Department. According to the California EDD, there are almost a quarter million federal employees in the state.
The announcement comes after federal employees missed their first paycheck last Friday and will miss their next one if the negotiations between Trump, Republicans and Democrats remain as stagnant as they have been.
“Hundreds of thousands of fed employees will miss a paycheck today,” Newsom tweeted on January 11. “The lives of millions of families are being needlessly interrupted. No matter how much longer this shutdown continues for, I have a message for CA’s furloughed workers: we’ve got your back.”
The shutdown has exceeded the previous record and is now the longest government shutdown in American history, now in its 28th day.
Newsom’s direct criticism of the Trump administration comes as no surprise, as the new governor has frequently criticized the president and his policies:
There are a lot of ways to describe this government shutdown. Cruel. Pointless.
We can’t let this go on. The American people shouldn’t be held hostage over politics.https://t.co/hS8EXRw0MJ
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) January 17, 2019
Newsom recently butted heads with the president after Trump considered deferring money used for national emergencies, such as the deadly wildfires in California last year, for the southern border wall. Newsom called the move “unconscionable”.
Unconscionable — the President of the United States is trying to take funds away from California communities devastated by natural disasters to pay for an immoral wall that America doesn’t need or want. These games need to end. https://t.co/MGVXYMTF8P
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) January 11, 2019
As the governor of a border state, Newsom does not support the president’s proposed wall.
“Pres. Trump’s go-to is governing by fear and division,” Newsom tweeted January 8. “We can secure our border AND achieve comprehensive immigration reform–without wasting tax payer $ to build a pointless wall. Hundreds of thousands of fed workers are waiting on a paycheck. End the games. Open our government.”