Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced that Monica Hughes of Pittsburgh, PA, an Army reservist and public servant who was impacted by the Trump shutdown, will be his guest to the President’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday, February 5. This announcement comes following the unprecedented 35 day shutdown that was sparked by the Administration’s recklessness. Like many families across the country, Hughes and her loved ones were held hostage by the President’s shutdown, while she worked without pay for over a month.
“I’m pleased that a dedicated public servant like Monica will be able to join me for the President’s State of the Union Address,” said Senator Casey. “She has a long record of service and continues to serve our country as a TSA officer. I am hopeful that her attendance will inspire others in Washington to remain committed to fighting for working families who depend on a functioning government.”
"I am so grateful and deeply honored to be invited as Senator Casey's guest for the State of the Union. I am looking forward to meeting him and taking part in this experience,” said Monica Hughes
“Thank you, Senator Casey, for once again standing by federal workers and being a champion for public servants everywhere. It’s wonderful that Monica can be at the State of the Union and help represent the 800,000 federal workers that were impacted by the shutdown and the 45,000 TSA Officers that worked for more than a month safeguarding our nation’s airports while not knowing when their next paycheck was coming,” said American Federation of Government Employees District 3 National Vice President Phil Glover.
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Hughes, a U.S. Army Reserve Veteran, has been a TSA officer at Pittsburgh International Airport for nearly four years. She lives with her partner and decorated war veteran, Charles Burke and his children, Chazzlyn (16) and Joaquin (5). During the shutdown, Hughes’ family had to draw from savings, apply for food stamps and accept donations from friends and family to stay afloat. She remains grateful for the outpouring of love and compassion from friends, family and the community during a difficult time.