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Government shutdown causing federal workers to scramble, looking for ways to pay bills

Posted: 1:16 PM, Jan 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-15 14:16:33-05

Several federal workers are pulling money from their savings to pay their bills during the government shutdown.

An estimated 800,000 federal workers are affected by the partial government shutdown. About 380,000 have been placed on unpaid leave.

Disabled U.S. Air Force veteran David Elizondo spent this morning volunteering at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery. He works for the U.S. Small Business Association but was placed on furlough in late December.

Elizondo said he’s been dipping into his savings account to pay his mortgage and bills. He said even though the money in his savings account is keeping him afloat for now, he’s still concerned. “I’m sure like most people affected by the shutdown, if they’re not affected already, due to relying on savings, there’s only so long that we can rely on our savings before we need a paycheck to come back in.”

If the shutdown lasts another two months, Elizondo says he’ll have to look into taking out a personal loan or get a second job.