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A follow through of the deal reached to end the partial federal government shutdown can't come soon enough as advocates for lower income people say 1.5 million Ohioans are approaching a food crisis. 

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The Central Ohio Transit Authority is offering furloughed federal workers free 31-day bus passes while the partial government shutdown continues.  

Updated at 6:37 p.m. ET

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross downplayed the hardships caused by a partial government shutdown on Thursday as some 800,000 federal workers prepared to miss a second consecutive payday.

Ross told CNBC he is puzzled by reports of federal workers turning to food banks and other forms of relief, suggesting they should be able to obtain bridge loans to tide them over until the government reopens.

Democrats and immigrant rights groups were quick to oppose President Trump's proposal to end the government shutdown over the weekend because it includes $5.7 billion for an expanded border wall.

Now that they've seen the full language of the bill, they've found other reasons not to like it.

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The Columbus Department of Public Utilities will waive penalties for any furloughed federal employees living in the city who are unable to pay their utility bills due finacial hardship caused by the partial government shutdown.