Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says he does not understand why federal workers who haven’t been paid in weeks need to take advantage of food banks at homeless shelters to feed their families.
“I know they are, and I don’t really quite understand why,” Ross told CNBC Thursday morning, as RollCall reports. “Because, as I mentioned before, the obligations that they would undertake, say borrowing from a bank or a credit union are in effect federally guaranteed.”
“So the 30 days of pay that some people will be out, there’s no real reason why they shouldn’t be able to get a loan against it.”
That’s largely false. And even if they are able to get loans, they will have to pay interest on those loans, which can also affect their credit ratings adversely.
Ross reportedly is a multi-billionaire, although some reports place his wealth at $700 million.
Here’s the video of the Commerce Secretary’s remarks:
WILBUR ROSS downplays 800k workers missing checks as “a third of a percent on our GDP. So it’s just like it’s a gigantic number.”
ROSS then says this about fed workers going to homeless shelters to get food: “I don’t quite understand why.” Says they should just go take out loans pic.twitter.com/0sOmZGEozD
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 24, 2019
Some responses via Twitter:
I’ve seen billionaire Cabinet Secretary Wilbur Ross padding around the West Wing in custom made velvet loafers adorned with the Commerce Department seal. https://t.co/CMnivpvZzk
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) January 24, 2019
Wilbur Ross is worth nearly $3 billion. https://t.co/fZqpPxm1sY
— Philip Bump (@pbump) January 24, 2019
Hey Wilbur Ross: Let me explain this to you:
1. @realDonaldTrump shut down the government;
2. That means many federal workers, such as FBI agents & Coast Guard personnel, are working without pay;
3. Food is not free.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 24, 2019
Thoughts on unpaid federal workers:
"In some sense they're better off."
– Kevin Hassett
"It is a little bit of pain but it's going to be for the future of our country."
– Lara Trump
"There’s no real reason why they shouldn’t be able to get a loan."
– Wilbur Ross
— Binyamin Appelbaum (@BCAppelbaum) January 24, 2019
— Adam Smith (@asmith83) January 24, 2019
Wilbur Ross claims to be worth $2.9 billion. He’s on his third wife and collects Magritte. https://t.co/zwmWbQB8pd
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) January 24, 2019
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Watch: For Over 2 Minutes Betsy DeVos Totally Ignores Reporter Offering Opportunity to Defend Gutting Special Olympics
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has been in hot water for days after she admitted to Congress her budget eliminates all funding for Special Olympics programs. She was called in front of the Senate again earlier Thursday to defend the cuts and other radical budgetary decisions.
On Wednesday DeVos slammed the media and Democrats, falsely claiming they were mischaracterizing her budget proposals, which led to mockery since their characterizations were correct.
Calling it “disgusting” and “shameful” on Thursday DeVos yelled at Democratic Members of Congress, falsely accusing them of using “disabled children in a twisted way for your political narrative.”
The Education Secretary has made clear she is angry and portraying herself as the victim of the media, and yet, here is CNN reporter Ryan Nobles offering DeVos the opportunity to tell her side of the story in front of cameras, ans she totally ignores him.
Nobles tried for well over two minutes to get Secretary DeVos to talk with him after she finished her testimony before the Senate. He caught her with an aide heading toward the elevators and followed them.
“Do you feel Democrats are accurately describing your feelings about the Special Olympics funding, Madam Secretary?”
“Madam Secretary, do you have any response to Democrats’ criticism of your budget proposal?”
“Madam Secretary, you said today you were not the person who proposed this funding change. Can you explain who in your administration did?”
“Madam Secretary have you spoken to the President about this at all?”
All those, and more, totally ignored,
Watch as she refuses to speak and refuses to answer any of his very valid questions:
— Daniel Lewis (@Daniel_Lewis3) March 28, 2019
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