Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Get a Loan? Remark Shows the Disconnect of Man of Power, Wealth

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Get a Loan? Remark Shows the Disconnect of Man of Power, Wealth

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The ceasefire between the White House and Congress that brought back to work thousands of furloughed federal employees means paychecks are resuming now for these wage earners, many of whom had struggled financially during the longest government shutdown in history.

That shutdown had many public repercussions but for those affected federal employees, whether they were working or sitting at home, there were many personal impacts and chief among them -at least for some -was difficulty paying the bills.

So it was shocking when Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross -one of the richest people in President Donald Trump's Cabinet -publicly expressed confusion during the shutdown about why some unpaid federal workers may have needed charity to help them get by.

Get a loan, Mr. Ross suggested in a television interview. …

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