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Two U.S. Maryland senators will hear from local small businesses impacted by the shutdown

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Posted at 7:34 AM, Jan 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 09:29:28-05

BALTIMORE — President Donald Trump signed a bill Monday to provide back pay to workers.

The bill was sponsored by U.S. senator from Maryland Ben Cardin.

More than 800,000 federal employees have been working without pay since December 22. The shutdown has affected 172,000 people in Maryland.

Senator Cardin and senator Chris Van Hollen are hosting another discussion Thursday with local business owners about how the shutdown is impacting them.

A week ago, the two senators held a similar meeting in Howard County to discuss the impacted of the shutdown.

Senator Cardin sponsored the bill, the president signed to provide back pay to the furloughed federal workers once the government reopens. However, there’s still no clear sign of when the shutdown is going to end.

Both senators also introduced a bill Monday, to secure back pay for low-wage federal contractors who are not getting paid during the shutdown. Which includes janitorial, food and security service workers.

The roundtable discussion is scheduled for Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the headquarters of Fearless Solutions in the power plant live.