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Government Shutdown Threatens Safety Net Programs for Millions

HeadlineJan 18, 2019

Meanwhile, the shutdown has entered its 28th day, with state and local governments warning social safety net programs could soon buckle under the strain. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned Thursday that if the shutdown stretches into March, some 1.6 million low-income New York City residents will lose benefits as the city loses a half-billion dollars a month in federal aid for food stamps, rental assistance and school lunches.

Mayor Bill de Blasio: “I met with clergy leaders this morning. I asked them to prepare to help members of their congregations in every conceivable way, starting in all instances with food. But that reality of the loss of half a billion dollars a month is just too staggering to miss. We will not be able to make people whole. We just won’t.”

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