Resources for Workers Impacted by Government Shutdown
Due to passage of full year funding for the remainder of FY 2019, this page will no longer be updated. If you need further assistance, please contact my state office at (808) 522-8970.
Update: January 31, 2019
A Message From Senator Mazie K. Hirono:
For 35 days, President Donald Trump presided over a totally unnecessary and unconscionable government shutdown that kept more than 800,000 Federal workers and tens of thousands of Federal contractors either locked out of their jobs or forced to work without pay. These workers went without pay for over five weeks and faced hardship as a result of President Trump’s unreasonable demand for a $5 billion down payment for his vanity border wall. The government shutdown made clear how dedicated Federal workers and Federal contractors are to their jobs and how vital those jobs are to our nation. That is why I am urging the Administration to pay these workers immediately.
I want to update you on several other actions I have taken recently to ensure that Federal workers and contractors who have faced hardships are made whole. I worked with my Senate colleagues to pass S.24, the Government Employees Fair Treatment Act, a bill to provide full back-pay to all federal workers who were locked out of their jobs or required to work without pay during the shutdown. President Trump signed this legislation into law on January 16, 2019.
I have also sponsored S.162, the Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor Employees Act, a bill to provide back pay up to $600 per paycheck for Federal contractors who were locked out of their jobs or had their hours reduced due to the shutdown. I will continue to fight for passage of this important legislation so that Federal contractors receive the support they deserve during this trying time.
Please know I will continue to fight on behalf of all federal workers, federal contractors, and local businesses who were hurt by this shutdown.
My office has put together a list of resources for those affected by the government shutdown. We will continue to add information as we receive it.
If you want to share your story on how the federal shutdown has affected you or if you need assistance on any specific matter, you are welcome to use the link below or contact my state office at (808) 522-8970 or toll-free at (844) 478-3478 from the neighbor islands and speak with any of my staff.