The Hill reports:
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Thursday that he was confused why thousands of federal workers, who’ve already missed one paycheck, are relying on food banks during the partial government shutdown.
Ross he didn’t understand why some of the more 800,000 unpaid federal workers have flocked to food banks for meals instead of taking out loans against back pay guaranteed by a bill President Trump signed last week.
“I know they are and I don’t really quite understand why,” said Ross, who’s reportedly worth roughly $700 million.
Thoughts on unpaid federal workers:
"In some sense they're better off."
– Kevin Hassett
"It is a little bit of pain but it's going to be for the future of our country."
– Lara Trump
"There’s no real reason why they shouldn’t be able to get a loan."
– Wilbur Ross
— Binyamin Appelbaum (@BCAppelbaum) January 24, 2019
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who regularly walks around in $1,000 velvet slippers during the day👇, appears on CNBC and wonders why furloughed federal workers who aren't being paid just can't go get a loan. #Letthemeatcake pic.twitter.com/gEVaHOQDVn
— M/I_Investments (@MI_Investments) January 24, 2019
WILBUR ROSS downplays 800k workers missing checks as "a third of a percent on our GDP. So it's just like it's a gigantic number."
ROSS then says this about fed workers going to homeless shelters to get food: "I don't quite understand why." Says they should just go take out loans pic.twitter.com/0sOmZGEozD
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 24, 2019
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) January 24, 2019