A furloughed federal employee holds a sign on the steps to the U.S. Capitol after the U.S. Government shut down, on Capitol Hill in Washington on October 1, 2013. (Larry Downing/Reuters)
I was listening to WBEZ, the NPR station in Chicago, on Tuesday and heard a segment about how the shutdown is affecting the federal employees in Chicago. One of persons interviewed was a co-worker in the agency and program that I work for. I was trying to find a link to the audio clip, but it is either not posted or I can’t find it. I have found some good links to news organizations that discuss about the impact of the federal government shutdown locally here in Chicago:
- Local Impact Of Federal Government Shutdown – CBS Chicago
- Government shutdown looms over Chicago’s federal workers – ABC Chicago
- How is the government shutdown impacting Chicago? – ABC Chicago
Financially, I’m able to handle this for a few weeks, but like many Americans I live from paycheck to paycheck. I have some savings I can dip into, but not enough for a furlough that will last for months. I can’t see this dragging on too long, and the Tea Party Republicans will come to their senses and fund all of the federal agencies. In fact, according to IHS Global Insight, just closing is costing the tax payer $300 million per day. Not very fiscally responsible.
It isn’t causing me any anxiety just yet. I’m remaining optimistic that something will be resolved soon, but if it lasts longer then a week then I’ll file for unemployment. The Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act was introduced on Tuesday by Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland, which would pay me retroactively, but there is no guarantee that it will pass. Yet, if it does I’d have to pay back any unemployment that I might receive.