Cut a deal to restart pay­checks

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Opinion -

The in­abil­ity of our elected lead­ers to com­pro­mise has led to the long­est gov­ern­ment shut­down in U.S. his­tory.

I am proud of my work as a fed­eral em­ployee in ser­vice to the coun­try I love. Fed­eral work­ers na­tion­wide are forced to stay at home and wait for the gov­ern­ment to re­open, and are no longer able to pro­vide the ser­vices on which our fel­low Amer­i­cans rely.

Mid­dle class fed­eral work­ers and their fam­i­lies are stretch­ing their pen­nies un­til the shut­down is over. Even though pay will be re­stored even­tu­ally, bills still ar­rive on time even if pay­checks don’t, and many fed­eral em­ploy­ees are be­ing forced to make dif­fi­cult and un­nec­es­sary fi­nan­cial de­ci­sions to make ends meet.

Our leg­is­la­tors in Con­gress and the pres­i­dent need to stop play­ing po­lit­i­cal games with our gov­ern­ment’s ser­vices and those who pro­vide them. We are now in a cri­sis and our lead­ers must work to promptly re­open the gov­ern­ment.

We must call them to reach con­sen­sus im­me­di­ately so com­mit­ted fed­eral em­ploy­ees across the na­tion and right here at home can get back to work for our coun­try.

Ej Richards, Hol­ly­wood

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