Nile Rodgers and Chic offering free concert tickets to federal employees during shutdown
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Guitarist Nile Rodgers is offering free tickets to federal employees affected by the government shutdown for a concert where his band will perform.

Rolling Stone reports that Nile Rodgers and Chic will provide free concert tickets for an upcoming Jan. 26 show at MGM National Harbor to all federal employees either furloughed or working without pay as the government shutdown continues.


“Like many people, I’m frustrated by what’s happening and my heart goes out to these incredibly hard-working people who provide important service to our country, yet have had their lives, disrupted by circumstances, not of their doing,” the musician wrote in a statement obtained by Rolling Stone.

"In one of my biggest songs I wrote, ‘We Are Family, I’ve got all my sisters with me,’ I consider all of these people to be my brothers and sisters and I hope this lets them know that we are 100 percent behind them," he added.

The government shutdown, which began in December over a dispute between the White House and Congress over funding for President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE's plan for a border wall, reached its 33rd day on Wednesday as lawmakers look unlikely to reach a deal with the president any time soon.

Democrats have said that they are unwilling to provide the $5.7 billion the White House has demanded in wall construction funding in any bill to reopen the government, while the president has reportedly threatened to keep the government closed for months or even "years" unless the demand is met.

Numerous private organizations and celebrities have launched campaigns to aid federal workers for the time being, including Puerto Rican chef José Andrés, who served thousands of government employees at a food kitchen last week.