President George W. Bush Delivers Pizza to Federal Workers Amid Government Shutdown

Clay Curtis
January 19, 2019

"And we thank our fellow citizens who are supporting them", Bush added.

The government entered day 28 in the shutdown on Friday.

In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president asked "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown".

Secret Service agents, charged with protecting current and former presidents and their families, have remained on duty throughout the shutdown - but the stress of working without pay has hit many of them hard.

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Bush also urged politicians to come together to put an end to the shutdown.

Bush delivered pizzas on Friday to federal workers who aren't being paid but still on the job due to the ongoing government shutdown. The top reason the government is in a shutdown is because of a budget stalemate in Washington, where President Donald Trump wants approximately $5.7 billion for a barrier on the U.S. -Mexico border, whereas the Democrats haven't budged on their stance against it.

After four weeks, the partial shutdown of the United States government has begun to rattle the world's largest economy, particularly hitting consumer sentiment, a mainstay of growth. He then turned an about face, saying he would not sign such a bill.

The longest government shutdown in history continues this week, and as it stretches on, 800,000 federal employees continue to go unpaid, some of whom are still required to work despite not receiving a paycheck.

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