US workers rely on food stamps, rationing gas in shutdown


    US workers rely on food stamps, rationing gas in shutdown

    Las Vegas-based Transportation Security Administration officer Ellen Jackson plans to retire in April but as one of about 800,000 U.S. workers going without pay Friday amid the partial government shutdown, the 59-year-old is driving for a ride-share company to make ends meet.

    Jackson and several dozen other federal workers in Nevada met with the state's Democratic U.S. Sens. Jacky Rosen and Catherine Cortez Masto in Las Vegas and Reno on Friday to describe how they're relying on food stamps, rationing gasoline and trying to get by as the shutdown enters its 21st day.

    Both Rosen in Las Vegas and Cortez Masto in Reno called on President Donald Trump to work to re-open the government instead of demanding money for his U.S-Mexico-border wall.

    Cortez Masto says federal workers are "being played as pawns and hostages."

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