Federal Government Shutdown Begins To Affect Local Communities
Rep. Crawley remains committed to helping federal workers in Ohio as federal government shutdown continues
January 18, 2019
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State Rep. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) today announced her commitment to help federal workers in Ohio receive the necessary tools and resources they need as the federal government shutdown moves into its 28 day today.

With normal operations of several federal government agencies slowing down or halting altogether, benefits such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are in jeopardy. The Office of Family Assistance has issued early benefits for February 2019, with no assurance benefits will be received for March. The Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services is encouraging families to stretch the February benefits as much as possible during these uncertain times.

“Recently, I attended a community town hall and listened to my neighbors share the significant effects the government shutdown has had on them and their families,” said Crawley. “Low-income and furloughed workers are now having to budget government assistance on an already fixed income. These people, who work hard every single day, should not be used as pawns in a partisan fight. Washington needs to end this unprecedented shutdown immediately and get back to working for the people they represent.”

Local Columbus residents may contact the office of state Rep. Crawley at rep26@ohiohouse.gov or (614) 466-8010 with any questions or concerns regarding the federal government shutdown. Additionally, federal workers, both furloughed and deemed essential, residing in the 3rd, 12th and 15th congressional districts can call 1-833-876-0937 for help obtaining unemployment benefits and available resources in the community.

*Editor’s note: A photo of Rep. Crawley signing her name on a poster that reads “Columbus Families Need Government Agencies” is attached.

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