ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WJLA) - For federal employees furloughed by the shutdown, the pain has hit both their wallets and their morale.
John Renaud has worked for the Park Service for 35 years, but remains on furlough.
"It's a hard thing to deal with because we're all normal folks and we all have families of various sizes and demands," said Renaud.
In response to the struggles, Virginia democratic representative Jim Moran convened a roundtable Wednesday morning with major businesses across the region to discuss ways to help furloughed workers. Cardinal Bank, Alexandria Hyundai, and Dominion Power participated. They're companies that are willing to offer payment plans or assistance for workers caught in the middle of congressional fighting.
Representative Moran accuses House republicans of intentionally trying to harm federal workers.
"The federal government has been targeted by tea party republicans," said Rep. Jim Moran, (D) Virginia. "They were elected on a platform that the government doesn't work and now that they're in office they are trying to prove it."
Many of the estimated 800,000 furloughed workers are now back to work at government agencies - defense, the CIA, and the Social Security Administration. But many remain furloughed and worried.
"They want to come to work and need a paycheck," said Colleen Kelley, Federal Employee Union Rep.
Legislation is moving through Congress to provide back-pay to federal workers furloughed during the shutdown. But at the rate Congress is going, many of those workers do not know exactly when that will happen.