Governor Cuomo has ordered the Department of Labor to take steps to speed up the application process and extend call hours to help furloughed government employees get unemployment benefits while the federal government shutdown lingers on.

The governor has also called on the state’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance to help those working without pay get other assistance.

In a statement, the governor called on the federal government to act, while blaming the president for the shutdown.

“While the federal administration steps on the backs of workers, New York State is stepping up to help in any way we can,” the governor said. “These measures will ensure furloughed federal workers in New York receive prompt and special one-on-one services so they can obtain the vital safety-net benefits they need during this hard time.”

President Trump has blamed Democrats for refusing to come to a budget compromise that would allow for funding for a border wall.

In Congress, House Democrats failed to garner enough Republican votes Wednesday to pass a continuing resolution that would re-open the government for the remainder of the month.