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One problem in Washington D.C. is that our elected politicians have no idea of what it is like to be poor or even middle class. I doubt that they have ever struggled to keep their families fed and sheltered because they are wealthy.

There are no poor politicians in Washington. How can they identify with the majority of Americans when they have never experienced what we face every day?

Their political sparring is hurting real people who need to buy food and make their rent or mortgage payments.

Congress and President Donald Trump need to learn to compromise and put government employees and contractors back to work, regardless of party affiliation.

Twenty-five percent of all federal employees are without a paycheck indefinitely.

They are at the mercy of politicians who are focused on “winning” their partisan position.

Carol DeWilfond,

Moline

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