California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) says the state will offer federal unemployment benefits in connection with the ongoing partial interruption of government, despite orders from the Trump administration, which otherwise governs states.
Newsom said the US Department of Labor sent a letter to states that told them that they could not provide unemployment cover to federal workers who were obliged to work without pay during the near monthly closure.
Newsom, who allegedly called orders "jabber and extraordinary", said on Thursday that his state would offer federal unemployment benefits anyway.
"So the good news is we must do it and shame on them," Newsom said while he met with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) staff at the Sacramento International Airport, according to the NPR.
A TSA employee, Miguel Pagarigan, allegedly expressed his frustration with working without pay on a job, for which his commute is more than 40 miles.
"Because of the shutdown and being furloughed ̵
The Trump administration does not seem to be opposed to states offering unemployment cover to federal workers who have been at home at the closure.
The news comes when the decommissioning enters its 28th day without end in sight.
President Trump Donald John TrumpTrump instructed Cohen to lie to Congress on plans to build the Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 campaign: report the DC train system to lose 0k a day during the government interruption Senate Republicans Eye Rules Switching to Speed Trump Nominees MORE has claimed $ 5.7 billion in funding for his long-standing southern border and additional security to tackle what he has described as a humanitarian crisis.
The Congress Democrats have demanded that the President restore the government and have rejected the calls to wall finance.
Newsom's office did not respond promptly to a request for comment.