Pentagon to recall most furloughed workers, easing shutdown pain
Sunday, October 06, 2013 - 01:31
Oct. 6 - The Pentagon will recall most of its furloughed workers, nearly half of the total number of government employees now furloughed, but the pinch of the government shutdown is already being felt by many. Mana Rabiee reports.
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Many of the nation's furloughed government workers could go back to their jobs soon, easing some of the pain of the government shutdown.
That's because the Pentagon says it will recall most of its 350,000 civilian Defense Department employees.
Defense Department Head Chuck Hagel says he's bringing back workers under the Pay Our Military Act.
That's nearly half the 800,000 government employees now furloughed.
As for the rest of the federal workers sitting at home, the House voted on Saturday to give them back pay - once the government shutdown ends.
SOUNDBITE: DARREN CYTRYN, FURLOUGHED GOVERNMENT WORKER SAYING:
"It doesn't do me any good now because I'm still not getting paid."
Darren Cytryn is an IT manager for the National Science Foundation.
He's encouraged by the back pay but his wife says the bills are piling up.
And if the shutdown doesn't end soon…
SOUNDBITE: EILEEN CYTRYN, WIFE OF FURLOUGHED GOVERNMENT WORKER SAYING:
"Start praying really hard."
Meanwhile, the cost of the shutdown is already hitting people who rely on national parks for their livelihood.
Near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, local server Andrew Shirk says he and hundreds of others are relying on savings to get through the month.
SOUNDBITE: ANDREW SHIRK, SERVER IN GATLINBURG, TENNESSEE, SAYING:
"October is the money making season for us. The leaves changing really brings in the tourists The amount of money that we make in October is really what keeps us a live through November, through March."
Saturday's vote didn't solve the real issue - the government shutdown is now in its sixth day,
Democrats hope that, as pressure mounts, enough Republicans will defect to get a funding bill passed in the House.
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