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.
Hundreds more Marylanders are seeking unemployment insurance benefits related to the federal government shutdown. As the funding impasse reached its 12th day Wednesday, the state said it's received 462 such benefit applications from Dec. 22 through Dec. 31.
“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.”