Oklahoma banks assists customers impacted by government shutdown

First Oklahoma Bank offering help to those impacted by government shutdown

TULSA, Okla. — Two local banks are helping customers who may be impacted by the government shutdown.

Friday marks the first day federal workers will not get their paychecks due to the partial government shutdown in its 21st day. President Trump and Congress have yet to agree on a new bill to fund the government as they battle over the president's border wall idea.

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First Oklahoma National Bank said customers who rely on a regular federal government check and have a depository account at their bank will be treated as if they got their checks. The bank sent letters to over 10,000 customers before Christmas about the policy, but they do not know how many rely on federal checks.

Bank officials told FOX23 they first implemented the policy during the 2013 government shutdown. They say the policy will last for a "reasonable period of time."

Bank customers do not have to take any action, but they can contact the bank at (918) 392-2500.

Tulsa Teachers Credit Union officials say they have already received calls for assistance and have decided to help during the government shutdown.

Customers are encouraged to call TTCU's Customer Relations department before missing payments to discuss available options, including the skip-a-pay option available to members with loans.

TTCU's Members Relations department can be reached at (918) 749-8828, toll free (800) 234-8828 or  email memberrelations@ttcu.com. Specialists available by phone 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

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