If the federal shutdown resumes, SF will be ready

If the federal government shuts down again, workers will have a chance to obtain loans of up to $6,000 under a proposal Mayor London Breed will introduce Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors along with Supervisor Matt Haney.

Breed announced the legislation Friday along with Treasurer José Cisneros, who would oversee the program that will provide financial assistance to federal employees who are furloughed or working without pay because of a government shutdown.

President Donald Trump announced the re-opening of the federal government Friday, but on a temporary three-week basis as he continues to demand funding to build a border wall.

Should the shutdown resume, The City would have a $20 million line of credit to distribute for zero-interest loans of up to $6,000 per employee.

The loans would be available for the estimated 2,000 affected federal employees residing in San Francisco and 1,300 workers at the San Francisco International Airport.

“For many people, one missed paycheck can be devastating. As this shutdown continues and federal workers in San Francisco are forced to go without pay, we are doing what we can to help,” said Breed. “This is a national crisis that needs to come to an end. We do not need a border wall, we need the President to stop holding the government and peoples’ livelihoods hostage and end the shutdown.”

Haney said that “when the White House fails our residents, the City and County of San Francisco must always be prepared to step up and have their backs.”

Loans would have to be repaid 60 days after a shutdown has ended.

The full board will vote on the legislation in two weeks.

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