In yet another demonstration of administrative empathy, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said today that "he does not understand why federal workers are visiting food banks during the partial government shutdown." He urged them to seek loans from banks and credit unions to supplement their lost wages.
“I know they are, and I don’t really quite understand why,” Ross said when asked about federal workers going to food banks. Ross is a billionaire and a longtime friend of President Trump’s. “Perhaps he should have said it differently,” Trump said when asked about Ross’s comments. “He’s done a great job.”
The Commerce Department’s federal credit union is charging furloughed employees almost 9 percent interest on emergency loans to cover their missing paychecks.Here's a link
to the Washington Post reporting on this.