Federal workers face shutdown consequences first hand

Federal workers face shutdown consequences first hand

Day 11 of the partial government shutdown and as lawmakers fight over funding in Washington, Utahns are feeling the impact thousands of miles away.
OGDEN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Day 11 of the partial government shutdown and as lawmakers fight over funding in Washington, Utahns are feeling the impact thousands of miles away.

"It's just pay check to pay check already and now this is happening," said an Ogden mother, who wished to remain anonymous for this story.

She is now faced with the reality of having her income cut off. She works for the IRS and has been furloughed since October 1st, 2013.

This week will be her final pay check until congress can reach a resolution.

"It's not just me, it's my four kids that have to deal with this and not knowing when to go back, what's going to happen next," said the mother.

She's one of an estimated 10,000 federal employees in Utah to lose their paycheck.

Governor Gary Herbert mentioned the loss of federal wages as one of his top concerns earlier this month at his monthly news conference.

He says the impact will be felt by the entire state.

"Obviously the longer that occurs, the shutdown, the deeper the furloughs may be, the more it will impact our economy," said Herbert.

One of the major players on the republican side of the stalemate is Utah Senator, Mike Lee.

We reached out to him to find out what he would say to this mother, now personally dealing with the consequences of the budget battle.

He responded with a personal call to her cell phone.

"All of this discussion has been about how best to preserve jobs, preserve wages and health coverage for the American people," said Lee.

He offered some hope that this could be over by the next time pay day rolls around.

"You've got my commitment that I will do everything I can to try to get us out of it by then, there certainly is no need for it to continue," said Lee.

For this mom talk is cheap as she faces the dilemma of paying the bills while her paycheck is in the hands of congress.

"You have to call them and try to work something out, because we're not getting a pay check and trying to explain that to them is not really their problem they tell you, so it's hard," said the mother.

Senator Lee also told her he supports a bill that has been passed in the House that will guarantee back pay for furloughed workers.

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