Costa calls for state no-interest loan fund for federal workers

Deb Erdley | Thursday, January 17, 2019, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Pennsylvania’s top Democrat in the state Senate could get support from a Westmoreland County Republican in setting up a no-interest loan fund for federal employees and contractors in the state affected by the partial government shutdown.

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa Jr., D-Forest Hills, on Thursday began circulating a memo seeking co-sponsors for a bill as the federal government shutdown edged toward day 28, his spokeswoman said. The shutdown began Dec. 22 and was triggered by a stalemate over funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall.

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What agencies and services are affected by government shutdown? An updated look

Staff and Wire Reports | Thursday, January 10, 2019, The Morning Call

As the partial federal government shutdown drags on, its impact is starting to make itself known in big ways — and has led to adjustments meant to lessen the fallout until a deal can be made.

Nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments, including Agriculture, Homeland Security, State, Transportation, Interior and Justice, have been closed since Dec. 22.

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