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Trump’s government shutdown is disrupting agencies that protect consumers, workers, health, and safety

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Consumer, worker, health, and safety protection agencies throughout the federal government are being disrupted by federal worker furloughs coming from the partial government shutdown, according to a report Public Citizen released Wednesday.

“As long as the shutdown continues, essential consumer, worker, health and safety protections carried out by these agencies are on hold,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. “Corporate lawbreakers are going unpunished, safety inspections are being postponed, discrimination charges are going uninvestigated, polluters are not being held in check, financial fraudsters are not being policed, consumer complaints are not being received and accident investigations have ceased.”

Many agencies are falling behind, and it could take many weeks for them to catch up, according to furloughed workers quoted in the report. More than 75 percent of workers have been furloughed at seven agencies dedicated to protecting consumers and workers, according to federal agency memos, and nearly 50,000 employees have been sent home without pay at the following agencies:

  • U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

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azure

Grover Norquist must be SO HAPPY. As must be Ryan and McConnell who seem to think that other then subsidizing defense contractors and paying their compensation packages, "gov't" has no function.

It was revealing to hear Terrump's statement that all federal employees could "manage to get along" for months & months of no pay. Or maybe he & Norquist and the others hope many federal employees will quit or retire, thus making it harder for agencies to fulfill their purposes/goals. Making it SOOO much easier for right wing GOPers to say: see, gov't doesn't work (while privatization always does despite the many failures of privatization, most recently in managing military housing, et al). Already happened w/SSA which has been underfunded for at least 15 years.

But mostly, Terrump's comment shows a stunning ignorance of how many in the US live, as well as a complete lack of compassion or empathy. None of which flaws seem to matter to his supporters.

Rita

Hi azure,

Yes, President Trump's comments demeaning federal employees are uncalled for. He also said the government shutdown didn't matter because most federal employees are Democrats. That's not true -- just another one of Trump's lies.

Rita

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