Speak Out: Helping federal employees

Legislation introduced and passed by the House of Representatives Tuesday would help federal employees feeling a financial crunch from the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

House Bill 2 would allow federal government employees, including contractors, to seek a temporary stay from a court on a wide variety of payments, from rent to fines to insurance premiums.

Under House Bill 3, the state would guarantee loans to federal employees who are not being paid during the shutdown. Loans of one month’s pay up to $5,000 would be available through M&T Bank, with interest rates at 2.5 percent. Other financial institutions could also opt to participate.

• How about getting a job in the private sector for starters? There are a lot of jobs in the private sector that need to be filled. Be mindful that you actually have to work. Crying for everyone to pay your bills is not going to work. Amazon.com, Walmart.com and many retail stores are always looking for workers. Sitting home looking for free handouts from hard-pressed private sector workers is not the way. This is not a Democrat or Republican issue, if you need money then get a paying job until things are straightened out with the government. A lot of us are doing jobs, we don’t like, but it is paying the bills! — Pamela L Zienneker

From what I just read, I am going to be nice and just say this one thing, keep your comments to yourself!
You absolutely, in no way shape or form, contributed to the conversation about “Helping Federal Employees” and it’s probably due to the fact you have NO IDEA what you are talking about! My wife, who has worked in the Federal Government for nearly 20 years, commutes every day for almost 2 hours one way to work in Washington D.C for the Federal Government.
Specifically, she works in the Department of Homeland Security (Secret Service), and I, as her Husband, have a tremendous sense of pride knowing she took an oath to uphold the constitution and defend her country, EVEN when she isn’t getting paid! Most Federal Employees are working without getting paid and defending their country and you Ms. Zienneker, so you would have the right to come on here and spout such asinine nonsense! So, as a family we have to make some adjustments and have to explore options on how to keep making ends meet till the shutdown madness is over, and it’s a pain. But, Hardly any of the Federal Employees are sitting at home “Crying for everyone to pay your bills…..” You just assumed that, and I’m going to say emphatically again, you have NO IDEA what you are talking about! The Delaware Legislature took it upon themselves to try and help! Honestly, next time, keep it to yourself! – William Smith

• I partially agree with you, but you don’t have the entire picture. Federal employees have to obtain permission from their bosses to take on second jobs. What happens if said bosses are also furloughed? — Lar Ry

• Wouldn’t it be simpler to just get Coons, Rochester and Carper to do their jobs? This here is ridiculous. Democrats pandering for votes again. — Mark Schmalhofer

• Yes. Instead of pandering for votes, do your job, approve the budget with money for the wall, get over your temper tantrums, sign over your check as an interest-free loan to the workers you have misplaced and open up our government. If we had the money set aside that was used for other countries’ walls, it wouldn’t need to be put in the budget. — Jayne Muchler Dick

• The Republicans controlled the government for two years, why didn’t they build the wall then? This is a fake crisis from a fake president that needs to resign. — Rob Roth

With Trump’s latest offering of major concessions concerning the DACA kids it has become apparent that Democrats would rather play politics and get “the bad orange man” and have never actually cared about anyone other than themselves and their thirst for power at all cost. — Shawn Knox

• They are already entitled to unemployment during such time. Why should they get more then people that we’re let go from their job for whatever reason? — Jeff Grzeszczak

• Not sure this is even constitutional according to Sen. Brian Pettyjohn. Heard him on the radio this morning. The sad part is even if it is unconstitutional, that never stops Democrats. — Kevin Outten

• Damn Delaware Democrats are the reason why marijuana isn’t legal yet. This government shutdown is just for you. — Alex Graham

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