Paycheck relief for Jacksonville federal employees during partial government shutdown

As the U.S. government heads into its sixth day of a partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump is reaffirming his demands for $5 billion to build a southern border wall.

''I can't tell you when the government's going to be open. I can tell you it's not going to be open until we have a wall or fence or whatever they'd like to call it,” President Trump said.

Approximately 800,000 federal employees are impacted by the shutdown. More than half will work without pay and the rest have been furloughed.

The U.S. Coast Guard said its military workforce will get paid.

“If things are tight, if you have kids it gets expensive,” Jacksonville resident Scott Elkins said. “Life goes on whether you get paid by the government or not.”

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Action News Jax found two financial institutions that have created a special loan program for federal employees who need assistance during the government shutdown.

“They protect our freedoms, so it’s vital we do the right thing by covering their paychecks,” said Tynika Wilson, senior vice president of debit card and fund services at Navy Federal.

Vystar Credit Union and Navy Federal Credit Union have created emergency loan programs for existing members who are federal employees. They can apply for a special loan and get a direct deposit into their account to fill the gap created by the government shutdown.

There are no signs of a break in the stalemate between President Trump and Democratic lawmakers. However, the Senate is set to reconvene Thursday.


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