With the partial government shutdown having officially become the longest in U.S. history, U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) has announced an "emergency town hall" to meet with his constituents on Saturday to give them updates and help provide relief to furloughed federal employees.
Officially marking his 75th town hall meeting, DeSaulnier will meet with residents in Lafayette and talk about the ongoing shutdown, which started Dec. 22 and has left an estimated 37,000 California families without a paycheck, according to his office.
“This government shutdown was entirely avoidable and is the responsibility of President Trump, who boasted that he was ‘proud to shut down the government.' He put far-right radio and TV pundits ahead of the American people and created uncertainty and instability for more than 420,000 federal workers who are furloughed or will be forced to work without pay,” DeSaulnier said in a statement released when the shutdown began.
Representatives from DeSaulnier's office have also said local organizations will be on hand to assist federal workers and those who may be impacted by the shutdown.
In Danville, the federal shutdown has hit close to home, as the Eugene O’Neill Historic Site -- the one-time home of the U.S.’s only Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright -- has been closed for the duration.
The Lafayette Town Hall is set to be held Saturday, 2 p.m. at Stanley Middle School, 3455 School St. in Lafayette. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. RSVP by visiting the congressman's official website or by calling 933-2660.
DeSaulnier’s 75th town hall was originally scheduled for Jan. 23, but was moved due to a change in the House voting schedule.