Furloughed federal workers hit the street to protest shutdown
Wednesday, October 02, 2013 - 01:17
Oct. 2 - Federal employees affected by the government shutdown hand out leaflets to tourists. The guide is a list of D.C. attractions that are open and closed. Linda So reports.
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These federal workers should be on the job, instead they're on the street.
Furloughed workers armed with placards stood in front of the Museum of Natural History in Washington on Wednesday.
They boarded buses to hand out leaflets to tourists to let them know which major attractions were still open and closed.
Seth Couslar, who's worked for the Federal Aviation Administration for the past 25 years, says the furlough will hurt his family.
SOUNDBITE: FURLOUGHED FEDERAL WORKER SETH COUSLAR, SAYING:
"I ACTUALLY HAVE TWO KIDS IN COLLEGE, OUT OF STATE TUITION, IT'S GOING TO BE A SIGNIFICANT FINANCIAL HARDSHIP. I'M TALKINGABOUT POSSIBLY GETTING EMERGENCY LOANS FROM THE CREDIT UNION."
The furloughs are forcing many federal workers to file for unemployment.
SOUNDBITE: FURLOUGHED FEDERAL WORKER DAN RONNEBERG, SAYING:
"I wanted to make sure my claim was in, in line so that if this drags out, there might be a check coming that I can pay my rent."
For tourists visiting D.C., the shutdown is one big letdown.
SOUNDBITE: TOURIST FROM WISCONSIN JERRY LEVANDOWSKI, SAYING:
"We had so much we were going to go see today and now we have a big bowl of nothing."
Leaving everyone wondering how long before these federal workers can ditch the street to get back to their jobs.
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