Government shutdown overwhelms US, but kind-hearted people know what to do
Restauranteurs and brewers offer free food and drink to federal employees affected by the shutdown.
With the federal government shutdown in its 25th day, many American families will be facing financial difficulties.
Over 800,000 federal employees are facing their second month without a salary, and some restaurants and food suppliers are working to help them make it through these difficult days.
And I will offer again Free Sandwiches to the poor men and women of the federal government, republicans and democrats, at every restaurant of mine in DC for lunch until they get paid again! https://t.co/hHUnPrqhsF— Please wear a mask! Do it for the World please... (@chefjoseandres) December 21, 2018
OFFERING FREE FOOD TO FEDERAL EMPLOYEES
One restauranteur has stepped up and declared online that he will offer free food at his restaurants in Washington DC to every furloughed federal employee - Democrats or Republicans.
Celebrity chef José Andrés is one of many who are supporting the victims of the political tug-of-war between the White House and Congress by opening a temporary kitchen in one of his restaurants in D.C. for the duration of the shutdown.
Govt shutdowns impact all of us. As a brewery, we can’t get approvals needed to keep new beers headed your way. We’re asking our reps to share a beer (on us) with a colleague and help America’s brewers get back to doing what we do. So all of you can get back to doing what you do. pic.twitter.com/qF6izwDeAP— Harpoon Brewery (@harpoonbrewery) January 11, 2019
GETTING LAWMAKERS TO BOND OVER A BREW
Harpoon Brewery is trying a different tactic. In the hopes of getting political opponents to sit down together and end the deadlock, the Brewers are sending lawmakers cases of beer.
Harpoon is extolling Washington D.C, Vermont and Massachusetts lawmakers to shares a beer with "a colleague from across the aisle" and find a way to end the shutdown.
THE SHUTDOWN IS IMPACTING THE AMERICAN ECONOMY
The current shutdown is the longest in American history, and there seems to be no end in sight. It is starting to have a negative impact on the American economy, and can only worse as time goes on.
The shutdown was triggered by Congress' refusal to give President Donald Trump $5,7 billion he demanded to fund the border wall between the United States and Mexico. The President had made the wall a focus of his electoral campaign and had promised that it would be built without federal funding.
Construction begins on 2 miles of wall on US-Mexico border. It's the first contract awarded by the Trump administration outside prototypes built last year. https://t.co/mY0lbmTq1y— AP West Region (@APWestRegion) February 21, 2018
SOLIDARITY FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES SPREADS
More and more restaurants nationwide are coming forward and offering to help federal employees by giving them a square meal, free of charge.
Stouffer’s headquarters in Solon, Ohio is offering free meals to people with a federal government ID on January 16; and the Horse Thief Hollow Brewing Company in Chicago is giving federal employees free lunches from January 14 to the 18.
Hopefully, the shutdown will be resolved soon, but it is heartening to see the solidarity Americans are showing towards the struggling men and women of the federal government.
Every living president has refuted Trump's claim about supporting the wall https://t.co/xcXlp0bON6— WCTV Eyewitness News (@WCTV) January 8, 2019
CANADIAN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS SUPPORT AMERICAN COUNTERPARTS
Solidarity is crossing borders and invading American air space as Canadian air traffic controllers reach out to their U.S. counterparts affected by the federal government shutdown.
Knowing that the American air traffic controllers are facing their first month without a paycheck, they are sending them pizzas.
The ball started rolling in Edmonton, Alberta where the Canadian controllers sent their counterparts in Anchorage, Alaska pizzas and then spread to other Canadian controller units along the shared border.
The president of the Canadian Air Traffic Control Association has revealed that Canadians are now sending pizzas to air traffic controllers all over the U.S.
In a related story, President Donald Trump wants $5 billion for border wall or he will continue with the government shut-down.