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It's Day 28 of the Shutdown, and Colorado Families are at Risk

Longest Federal Shutdown in US History is Harming Colorado Families & Economy

Colorado Legislature Signs Letter to Open the Government

 (Jan. 18) – Democratic members of the Colorado General Assembly urged Colorado’s U.S. Senators to push Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the President to re-open the federal government.

 In a letter addressed to Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, the lawmakers
wrote: “The more than 53,000 federal employees who call Colorado home are dedicated public servants who deserve to go back to work and be paid for their hard work. Roughly 15,000 of these federal workers did not receive a paycheck last week. As a result, they are struggling to make rent, mortgage or car loan payments, to pay for utility or medical bills and to keep food on the table.”

 More than 1,000 federal workers have filed for unemployment assistance because of the financial strains of this shutdown and SNAP recipients are at risk. The lingering effects of the shutdown are taking a toll on Colorado’s businesses, brewers and National Parks.


 
 “This shutdown just entered its 28th day, and we are concerned about the devastating impacts it will have the longer it goes on.”

 “We are thankful to the individuals, organizations and responsible
 businesses who are assisting our fellow Coloradans in this time of trouble and stress.”

 “We encourage you to use your position in the Senate to advocate for
 Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring up and pass the House-approved legislation that would re-open the federal government. Please do everything in your power to convince the President, the administration and Senate leadership to end this deadlock and work to re-open the federal government,” the letter concluded.

 The letter can be found here or below.

Resources for Federal Employees

Filing for Unemployment Compensation














SNAP Benefits















Health Insurance
 If you are a federal government employee who is furloughed because of the shutdown, you may be eligible to file for unemployment assistance from the state of Colorado. It may take 4-6 weeks before unemployment benefits are dispersed. Federal employees may be eligible for Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE). Visit the Colorado Department of Labor website at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/unemployment or call 1-800-388-5515 Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.


In response to the partial federal government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has asked states to issue February’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits early–by Jan. 20th–which has the potential to affect about 220,000 Colorado families. 
*the early release of benefits is not additional funding. This effort is intended to get February benefits to eligible recipients before current funding for the program lapses as a result of the partial federal government funding. 


Health insurance under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program will continue even if an agency does not make premium payments on time. The employee will be
in non-pay status, so the enrollee share of the premium will accumulate and will be withheld from pay once the employee has returned to pay status.

 
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Coloradans are Supporting Each Other

Additional Information for Federal Employees


Additional assistance programs can be found here and here

Letter to Colorado Senators

 January 18, 2019                                                                       

Dear Senators Bennet and Gardner:

It’s time to end the longest shutdown of the federal government in history. This unnecessary shutdown is hurting hardworking families in our state and is impacting Colorado’s quality of life.

The more than 53,000 federal employees who call Colorado home are dedicated public servants who deserve to go back to work and to be paid for their hard work. Roughly 15,000 of these federal workers did not receive a paycheck last week. As a result, they are struggling to make rent, mortgage or car loan payments, to pay for utility or medical bills and to keep food on the table.

More than 1,000 federal workers have filed for unemployment assistance
because of the financial strains of this shutdown, according to a recent
report.

 In addition, 220,000 vulnerable families and individuals who rely on the
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are feeling the squeeze of this shutdown.

Furthermore, we are concerned about the long-term impacts the federal
Shutdown will have on our state and nation’s economy. Colorado’s
businesses, farmers and brewers are at risk and the lingering effects of
this shutdown will have lasting consequences on our treasured National
Parks, as well as Colorado’s thriving outdoor industry and the jobs and
communities it supports.

When the federal government shut down for 16 days in 2013, the U.S. economy lost $24 billion. A recent report showed that this shutdown could cost our state over $201 million per month. This shutdown just entered its 28th day, and we are concerned about the devastating impacts it will have the longer it goes on.

We are thankful to the individuals, organizations and responsible
businesses who are assisting our fellow Coloradans in this time of trouble
and stress.

We encourage you to use your position in the Senate to advocate for
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring up and pass the House-approved legislation that would reopen the federal government. Please do everything in your power to convince the President, the administration and Senate leadership to end this deadlock and work to re-open the federal government.

Sincerely,
Susan Lontine, et. al.   
  

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