JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, calls on the governor to work with the president and members of Congress to end the partial shutdown of the federal government.
“This shutdown is harming our communities, and it has to end,” Nasheed said. “All across the state, we have hardworking people who are trying to put food on their tables and provide for their families, but they are told they can’t do that. They’ve been furloughed or forced to work without pay. That is unacceptable in this country. My constituents expect a functioning government, not one that struggles to pay its bills. We must end the shutdown, and I believe the governor has a responsibility to this state to help make that happen.”
The federal government partially shut down on December 22, when Congress was unable to pass a spending measure to fully fund the functions of the federal government. Around 800,000 employees across the country are estimated to be affected by the partial shutdown. In the City of St. Louis, this has affected employees at the US Department of Agriculture, the Gateway Arch and other federal facilities.
“It is my responsibility to speak up for my constituents in times of need, and this is certainly one of them,” Nasheed said. “Now, I am calling on the governor to use his influence to help end the shutdown and ensure Missourians are able to work and receive the pay they deserve. We must act now to end the shutdown and get Missourians back to work.”