'There's nothing I can do': Furloughed federal employee in Philly waits out shutdown

Molly Daly
December 31, 2018 - 4:35 pm
The partial federal government shutdown is now in its second week, and Danielle, a tax examiner for the Internal Revenue Service in Philadelphia, says its not her first shutdown either.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The partial federal government shutdown is now in its second week, and Danielle, a tax examiner for the Internal Revenue Service in Philadelphia, said it's not her first time experiencing it. 

The first was in October 2013, two weeks after she closed on her house. She was out of work for 17 days.

"With this one, I knew what to expect, and I knew to start saving in the event that it did happen," she said.

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Even so, she said that "it's pretty scary right now. We just received our last paycheck — our last full paycheck. So it's kinda like you've gotta milk it until you go back to work and get your pay."

Danielle added that "there's families out there that, both their mom and dad work for the federal government, and both their mom and dad could potentially not be getting their paycheck to support their kids right now."

Although she's not at all political, she said she took exception to President Donald Trump's claim that federal employees support his decision to close up shop. 

"It kind of made me a little angry and upset, because I don't support the shutdown at all. I mean, it could have been averted," she said. 

In the meantime, she's trying to keep busy.

"I'm optimistic, I'm trying to stay positive. There's nothing I can do," Danielle added.