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U.S. Rep. Sean Casten to visit Algonquin to discuss government shutdown

Freshman Democrat will focus on government shutdown

Sean Casten talks to an editorial board at the Northwest Herald on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 in Crystal Lake.
Sean Casten talks to an editorial board at the Northwest Herald on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 in Crystal Lake.

U.S. Rep. Sean Casten, D-Downers Grove, will host a roundtable discussion Tuesday in Algonquin on the partial federal government shutdown.

Casten, who represents the state’s 6th Congressional District, will host the public event from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Ganek Municipal Center, 2200 Harnish Drive.

“Casten will provide an update to constituents on the current status of the shutdown and efforts by Congress to reopen the government and put federal employees back to work providing services to the public,” according to a news release.

Casten’s staff will also be on hand to offer assistance to residents affected by the shutdown. It’s the longest partial shutdown in U.S. history.

An estimated 460,000 employees are working without pay, including at the FBI, TSA and other federal law enforcement offices. Also, about 340,000 workers have been furloughed. Some federal contractors also have discontinued their services, leaving thousands of employees temporarily without work and without a paycheck.

Lawmakers are struggling to find a way out of the shutdown. President Donald Trump is demanding $5.7 billion to build a wall along the Mexican border that he said is needed on humanitarian and security grounds. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is refusing money for the wall that she views as ineffective and immoral, and Democrats say they will discuss border security once the government has reopened.

• The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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