Hoyer Compares Government Workers Still Working During Shutdown to Slavery
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D.) on Thursday compared the situation of federal government employees still working during the partial shutdown to slavery in the 1800s.
“Yes we lament the pain that is being inflicted on the 800,000 people who work for the federal government. And the 440,000 people that are being asked to work with no pay,” Hoyer said during a rally in Washington, D.C. “You know, back in the 1860s, they talked about working with no pay.”
The comment, made to a group of federal union workers outside the AFL-CIO’s headquarters, was an apparent reference to when African Americans worked