“There are many federal government employees who are living paycheck to paycheck. I know of families who are getting creative with meals and will have to head to food banks in the next few weeks if this shutdown does not end,” says Candice Williams an educator and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Sigma Lambda Omega chapter. She questions why members of Congress are still getting paid while so many are left to struggle stating, “A lot of the federal employees who are not being paid are still working, including my husband. All while Congress enjoys their paychecks.” Williams encourages others to consider writing or calling their representative to get them to negotiate to end the shutdown.
Though social security checks have yet to be affected, government assistance programs that administer food stamps and help for women and children could be at risk should the shutdown persist.
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