Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is repeating his call for the president and Congress to end the federal government’s partial shutdown. And this time, he's teaming up with the governor of Virginia and the mayor of the District of Columbia.
“The national capital region is home to well over 360,000 federal workers, many of whom are employed by departments and agencies affected by this lapse in appropriations,” Hogan, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam wrote in a letter Friday that was sent to President Donald Trump and Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress.
Bowser and Northam are Democrats; Hogan is a Republican.
“As our federal employees and contractors experience a sudden loss of income, this not only causes financial hardship for individuals and families, but also deals a significant blow to our region’s economy,” they said in the letter. “Hard-working federal employees and those who depend on them should not have to suffer because of this partisan standoff.”
Last month Hogan joined with Montana’s Democratic governor, Steve Bullock, in writing a similar letter to the president and Congressional leaders. Bullock is chairman of the National Governors Association and Hogan is vice-chairman.
Several government agencies have been shut down for nearly two weeks over a dispute between Congress and Trump over whether to fund the president’s proposed wall along the country’s southern border. About one-quarter of the federal government is affected, with about 800,000 employees not working or working without pay.
Maryland officials have received hundreds of applications for unemployment insurance from federal workers due to the shutdown.