Billionaire Wilbur Ross Says Unpaid Federal Workers Don't Have "Good Excuse" for Running Out of Money During Shutdown

Displaying what one critic described as “malignant indifference” to the suffering the ongoing government shutdown has caused for hundreds of thousands of federal workers, President Donald Trump’s billionaire Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Thursday said he doesn’t “understand” why public employees who haven’t been paid in over a month are resorting to food banks and homeless shelters to survive.

“Billionaires like Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Trump may not get it, but it’s not complicated. Federal employees go to food banks because they have to feed their kids, and they can’t do that without a paycheck.”
—Sen. Bernie Sanders

“I don’t really quite understand why because… the obligations that they would undertake, say, of borrowing from a bank or a credit union are, in effect, federally guaranteed,” Ross told CNBC. “So the 30 days of pay that some people will be out is no real reason why they shouldn’t be able to get a loan against it.”

While conceding that workers “might have to pay a little bit of interest,” Ross declared that “there is really not a good excuse” for workers to run out of money.

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