Many furloughed federal workers had to go into work this morning to sign their furlough notices before going home. One of these workers, talking to CNN’s Erin McPike outside a Transportation Department building in Washington, had angry words for Congress.
“We’re the ones who have to bear the brunt of their inability to agree and reach any kind of consensus,” the woman said. “Of course I’m hoping that all the federal workers like myself will remember this at election time and express our views.”
Some of the workers told McPike that, because they won’t be paid during the shutdown, are worried about paying about things like mortgages.
About 800,000 people will not get paid during the shutdown, though they could be reimbursed when the shutdown is over. Federal employees earned back lost wages during previous shutdowns, though contractors as a group weren't reimbursed, CNNMoney's Jennifer Liberto writes.