By Jack McDermott
Online Managing Editor
800,000 government workers were furloughed, temporarily put on unpaid leave, on Oct. 1 after the government failed to agree on spending cuts to our seemingly infinite budget.
Junior Natalie Tuczak’s father, Joe Tuczak, happens to be one of the unlucky 800,000 because he works for the US Department for Housing and Urban Development, a department that oversees Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insurance on mortgages for nursing homes and assisted living facilities. In a department of just under 10,000 employees, all but the top workers were furloughed.
Joe expects to be out until at least Friday, but he believes Congress won’t pass a spending plan that saves money while continuing to support all the necessary costs of running a government until Monday.
Joe expects to be out until at least Friday but most likely Monday when he thinks Congress will have agreed on a spending plan that saves money while continuing to support all the necessary costs of running a government.
“There are lots of people being affected by this so I just hope they can come up with a decision fast about what to do,” Natalie said.
Although Joe was not happy to give up his salary for the time being, he described the “single positive” of the shutdown was the free time he recently acquired spending time with relatives, exercising and working on house projects.
After previous government shutdowns, workers have always eventually been reimbursed, but while hoping this tradition continues, Joe is skeptical.
“Today’s political climate can be so different that you never know,” Joe said.
With all the attacking articles in the papers against the government, one could guess that Joe would be quick to blame a single party but Joe is remaining neutral.
“I wouldn’t want to point a finger at any particular party or individual; I think everyone is partly to blame,” Joe said.
For an update on the government shutdown, click here!
For Chris’ opinion on the government shutdown, click here!