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Laid-off federal workers say US shutdown hurts their families

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Laid-off federal workers say US shutdown hurts their families


The government shutdown in America is all about party politics, and the some one million Federal workers who have been laid off without pay with no guarantee it will be made up feel like they have been taken hostage so Republicans and Democrats can score points off each other.

“I actually have two kids in college, out of state tuition. It’s going to be a significant financial hardship. I just finished paying for this semester, but if this goes on two to three months longer, they won’t be able to attend next semester. I would have to pull them back, exactly. And one is getting ready to graduate next year,” said a worried father.

“You know, it’s not easy, you know. I have a lot of other skills, retail, I could wait on table, but am I going to really get a job like that at this point in my life? I don’t think so. But I mean, it’s just very, very stressful not knowing when this is going to come to an end,” said one woman.

President Obama said on Thursday the longer the shutdown goes on the worse it will be for America and the economy. For many of these workers it is pretty bad already.

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