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Local federal workers see effects of shutdown
FLORIDA -- Hundreds of federal workers along the gulf coast reported to work today just to be sent home.
Around 800,000 federal workers are now furloughed, because of the government shutdown. Many of those impacted are here on the Gulf coast. For many of them, this is a double hit. First the 20 percent dock in pay due to sequestration. Now to not knowing when they will work again.
On a typical Tuesday, the beach isn't really an option for most people because they have to work. Well for some federal employees, they are at the beach today to ease their mind.
"Its day one," said Naomi Holliday.
For her, it's day one of no pay and no job.
She said, "I'm pretty nervous. I'm not sure how long its going to last. We just bought a house."
Holliday works with international relations in naval education. She reported to work at 6 am and was let off four hours later.
She said, " I went into the government and I was like I have a solid job forever, but apparently that's not so much the case."
The furloughs are especially tough for some workers because they have already forgone six days of work this year due to sequestration. Holliday said, "The first furlough hit us pretty hard. We pulled a lot out of our savings, we are on the edge.
The shutdown impacts federal employees across the board.
Financial technician, Jim Major said, "Now we are going without nothing. We can't afford to do this. People cant pay their bills."
Major signed his furlough notice this morning with dozens of others. He said, "It was chaos, misinformation. People were asking questions, how do we do this, how do we do that."
At this point they are just being told, they are off until further notice.