690 Washington, D.C. citizens who have been hurt by the government shutdown have not voted in Congress — but mayor Muriel Bowser is standing up for them.
“In the case of a federal shutdown, we are particularly impacted because our population swells every day from 700,000 to over a million and that’s people coming to work,” she explained. “Trickle down, it affects all of the businesses and services that those people would buy but for the fact that they don’t know when they’re gonna get paid.”
Bowser says that the municipal resources around the city are working to pick up the trash left on the National Mall and other institutions that are being neglected because of the shut down — and it is costing them approximately $70,000 a week to do that.
When asked about what her message would be to Trump, Bowser said using people and federal government to leverage his demands is “senseless.”
“The [shutdown] is long. The rhetoric around it is intense. We now have a divided government, and I’m not sure what the resolution will be,” she said. “I think it’s also we’re concerned about the time of year that it’s hitting, and how it’s gonna affect our people.”