California Governor Gavin Newsom Promises Unemployment Benefits for Federal Employees on Holiday •

California Governor Gavin Newsom presents his first state budget at a press conference on Thursday, January 10, 2019, in Sacramento, California.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom presents his first state budget at a press conference on Thursday, January 10, 2019, in Sacramento, California.

LOS ANGELES – Governor Gavin Newsom has promised that California will provide unemployment benefits to workers on leave affected by the partial closure of the federal government.

"Let the word pass: we will cover you, we will support you," said the Democrat at a press conference during which he also unveiled his first state budget. "Come in, we already have EDD on alert that we want to bring in those 144,000 people who could be affected and let them know that they should be able to pay their rent by the end of Friday."

The website of the State Department of Employment Development contained an online notice as of Thursday night regarding certain federal workers eligible for unemployment benefits. He pointed out that federally dismissed workers in California who are "in a situation of non-payment and non-entitlement" may be eligible for benefits, but adds that these workers must pay back the jobless benefits received when or if the salaries are paid to them retroactively.

Nationally, more than 800,000 federal workers are affected by the closure, which began Friday, its 21st day. If the stop lasts until Saturday, it will become the longest in the history of the United States, exceeding that of 1995-1996.

The arm wrestling, which affects about a quarter of the government and several essential departments and services, is over. Donald Trumpproposed boundary wall. The president refused to sign any measure of government funding with no money for the fence, while Democratic congressional leaders steadfastly refused to allocate taxpayers' money to pay for it. Trump had said Mexico would pay for the wall.

Newsom, who was sworn in on Monday as the 40th governor of the state, criticized the president's plan and uncompromising immigration administration policies.

Newsom also criticized Trump again for his tweet on Wednesday threatened to provide federal assistance to victims of California's devastating fires.

The governor recalled traveling with Trump when the The Republican President visited the state in November to witness the destruction caused by a campfire in Paradise, a city in northern California.

"I was in the car with the president when many people were celebrating his arrival," recalls Newsom. "Many people had" Make American Great [Again]"Hats and had flags saying" Trump 2020 ". I hope that he will remember these images when he examines the next set of tweets. "

The catastrophic fire in Butte County destroyed nearly 19,000 buildings and killed at least 86 people.

Butte is a Republican-dominated county where Trump has outstripped his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by more than 3 percentage points in 2016. Newsom lost the county by more than 6 points in November against Republican John Cox, a man from the United States. San Diego business that Trump had endorsed.