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Dinner and resource fair eases federal workers as potential for another shutdown looms

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“We wanted to come together and say, we’ve got your back, we’re here for you, no matter what’s happening in Washington,” said Councilmember Will Jawando.

With many worried about the potential for another government shutdown, the resource fair and dinner, for federal employees, was one way to ease anxiety.

“We have folks in the county, who work at the Smithsonian gift shop or who do landscaping on the mall. They’re lucky to be making $30-40k in a good year,” said Councilmember Tom Hucker.

Nathan Block is a contractor for NASA’s Space Center, he’s still waiting to see if he will get paid following the 35-day partial government shutdown.

“One of the things that we were allowed to do was use leave without pay or vacation, so that will probably be restored,” Block said. “I’m figuring April – June it will happen.”

Federal employees aren’t just worried about the financial repercussions, but they are also worried about the negative consequences that it could have on the important projects that they are working on.”

Kenneth Myers works for the National Archives, he says it has been tough to plan out projects beyond February 15th, when Congress will either make another deal or force federal employees to stay home once again.

“I don’t even know what our year is going to be like, because of that, because we lost a month of work,” Myers said. “You can’t plan for anything, you’re limited in what you can order.”

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