Famed chef José Andrés on Thursday offered free lunch to any federal employees in Washington, D.C., who are furloughed ahead of an impending partial government shutdown.

“And I will offer again Free Sandwiches to the poor men and women of the federal government, republicans and democrats, at every restaurant of mine in DC for lunch until they get paid again!” he tweeted.


Prospects of a government shutdown increased on Thursday after President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Trump's remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit MORE rejected a stopgap spending bill approved by the Senate that would have kept the government running through Feb. 8. 

The bill did not meet Trump's demand for $5 billion in funding for his wall on the Mexican border.

The House did muscle through a funding bill on Thursday night that includes $5.7 billion in wall funding, but it is expected to be blocked in the Senate, where 60 votes are needed to break a filibuster.

Andrés, a vocal critic of the president who was in a legal fight with Trump after he ended plans to run a restaurant in Trump's hotel in Washington, D.C., has offered free food and drinks in the past to workers during government shutdowns.

He also offered the winner of any of Trump’s proposed “Fake News Awards” free lunch and served sandwiches and drinks for student activists who attended the March for Our Lives anti-gun rally.