Ross’s comments have ruffled feathers. Shortly after the interview, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi commented, “Is this the ‘let them eat cake’ kind of attitude? Or call your father for money?”
An estimated 800,000 federal employees have been furloughed since the partial government shutdown began Dec. 22. In addition to not receiving paychecks, federal workers may start receiving bills for their vision and dental insurance premiums, according to another Cox Media National Content Desk report.
Peter Neffenger, former Transportation Security Administration chief and a former vice admiral of the Coast Guard, also made comments Thursday about furloughed government workers, reported Jamie Dupree, the Washington correspondent for Cox Media.
“There is a point at which there is a breaking point,” Neffenger said. "To fail to pay people who have done these hard things, I think, is unconscionable.”