RELEASE: Hobby Airport Federal Workers Want To Get Back to Work

January 19, 2019
Press Release
With No End to Trump Shutdown In Sight, Federal Employees Need Clear Solutions

Houston, TX – Today, members of the American Federation of Government Employees Union, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia and State Senator Carol Alvarado spoke out about solutions to help federal government employees at Hobby Airport.
With over 35,000 workers in Texas and 800,000 federal workers nationwide furloughed or forced to work without pay there is an urgent need to ensure that no one is threatened with losing their home or being evicted. Additionally, leaders are asking to place a safeguard on essential household utilities such as water and electricity.
“I am standing with workers pleading for relief from federal, state and local leaders in the face of real financial struggles. They’re asking the providers of utilities not to cut off their power, water or other services. They’re asking local housing authorities, mortgage companies and landlords to be proactive and to STOP sending them eviction notices. Houstonians have always been there to lend a helping hand to their fellow citizens and we certainly need them to do that now.” Said Rep. Garcia. 
“In just over 2 weeks in Congress, we have already voted 9 times to re-open the Federal Government. The Senate should do its jobs and pass those bills to end this Shutdown. I will keep fighting to reopen the federal government and I applaud my state and local colleagues for their support for our federal workers.”
Congresswoman Garcia also called on Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen and TSA Administrator Pekoske to temporarily suspend or provide an exception to the ethics policy which prevents federal workers from accepting gifts from individuals or entities exceeding certain limits, so that workers can accept a helping hand in a time of need without the worry of potential violations.