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Amarillo community responds to government shutdown

ABC 7 caught up with some Amarillo residents to ask, 'What would you do if today was your last paycheck for a while?' (ABC 7 Amarillo - file photo).

It has been weeks since the government partially shut down, and now some federal workers do not know when they will see their next pay check.

ABC 7 caught up with some Amarillo residents to ask, 'What would you do if today was your last paycheck for a while?'

"Honestly I would probably be a little heartbroken and a little worried that I wasn't going to be able to pay my bills and feed myself and my family and stuff like that," said Courtney Freeman, an Amarillo resident. "I'd probably freak out just a little bit."

It is a situation that no one wants to be in.

"I guess if something happened and this job disappeared I'd have to go find a new one," said Jimmy May, who lives in Amarillo.

As of Thursday, Jan. 10, nine federal departments were affected by the government shutdown. That is thousands of workers who will not get their normal paycheck.

"I'd sit down and cry. There's not much you can do about government," said Gary Funderburk, who is retired.

People who are impacted by the shutdown work in Amarillo. Freeman said she could empathize for those employees.

"I mean I feel for y'all I really do. It's one of those deals where it's a bad situation to be in," said Freeman.

Some Amarillo residents say it will all be worth it in the end.

"I think our president is doing a great job, I'm all for sacrificing, it's going to make a difference," said Funderburk.

There are other federal agencies that are not affected by the government shutdown like the US Postal Service and Veterans Affairs.


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