SALEM — As the partial government shutdown entered its 34th day on Thursday, Congressman Seth Moulton announced that there was some help on the way for furloughed federal workers.
The assistance is in the form of zero-interest loans that will be available through several local financial institutions. More than 800,000 federal workers nationwide face missing a second paycheck Friday as the shutdown is more than a month old.
On Thursday, the Salem Democrat announced that six local financial institutions have agreed to offer the loans for up to the full amount of a furloughed government worker's paycheck. The six are Eastern Bank, City of Boston Credit Union, Congressional Federal Credit Union, Hanscom Federal Credit Union, Navy Federal Credit Union and Service Credit Union.
More information about these loans, and the services being offered by other local financial institutions, can be found on Moulton’s website at moulton.house.gov/shutdown.
“The American families bearing the brunt of this shutdown are our neighbors, not political bargaining chips,” said Moulton, in a statement. “Our local banks and credit unions get this, and I applaud their efforts to ensure that these neighbors will be able to pay their mortgage, put food on the table, or afford college tuition during this difficult time.”
Moulton said the partial shutdown has impacted the 6th District, which is home to an IRS office in Andover and NOAA and Coast Guard offices in Gloucester. His office has held constituent office hours across the district to assist furloughed workers and created an online resource guide. He has also vowed not to take a paycheck until the shutdown is over.
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