Furloughed federal workers protest shutdown

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It’s day 20 of the government shutdown and hundreds of thousands of federal workers are watching their bank accounts dwindle. 

They will not get paychecks this week.  Nor will 10s of thousands of more contract workers at government facilities. 

Thursday some of those workers gathered to protest and demand an end to the government shutdown.

Locally furloughed IRS workers rallied in Ogden. They say they are struggling without their paychecks.

“It’s very frustrating because I care about the people I work with. I care about the air traffic controllers, I care about my friends at TSA you know? It’s not good for them. Who wants an air traffic controller stressed at work because he doesn’t know when he is going to get paid and the mortgage company is knocking on his door?” protestor Matt Westrich said.

Nicole Jollah works for the Census Bureau and is one of an estimated 800,000 federal workers who won’t receive a paycheck this Friday.

“I’m not going to have enough money to pay my bills or my creditors,” Jollah said.

With no end in sight families are worried about their financial future.

At another rally near the U.S. Capitol members of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association voiced frustration over the shutdown’s impact on TSA agents and the airline industry.

Federal workers at the D.C. rally told ABC4 political correspondent Brie Jackson they want Congress and the president to do their jobs and reopen the government so federal employees can get back to work.

Senator Mark Warner said he wants border security, including drones, but won’t support funding over the President’s border wall. 

“This is a man who is throwing a temper tantrum and holding these folks hostage,” Warner said.

If the shutdown drags on, Jollah says she may have to file for financial assistance but she says she prefers a paycheck over an unemployment check.

Federal workers told Jackson they’re depending on Congress and the president to reach a compromise soon.

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