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Spokane Social Security Workers Protest Government Shutdown

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If you're a government employee relying on your paycheck, the threat of a government shutdown was bad enough; but now, we're two weeks into the stalemate and a lot of local government employees are no longer getting paychecks.

More than a dozen Social Security workers gathered in downtown Spokane Monday to protest the shutdown outside Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers' office. They told KHQ's Kelsey Watts they feel like they're being held hostage by a government that can't compromise.

"I just got my bill for daycare, [my check] didn't go through," Ana Rivers told KHQ. "We couldn't cover our mortgage so we had to take out a loan."

Rivers says she and her husband are both considered ‘essential' government employees and have both been asked to keep working – without a paycheck – or potentially be fired. Rivers says they got their last checks on Friday and will be getting IOU's for the foreseeable future, but she knows all too well those won't pay the bills.

"Enough is enough, we're people too," fellow Social Security worker Michelle Kimber told KHQ.

"Creditors aren't going to take these IOU letters, they might as well give us nothing," co-worker Natalie Downing added.

"People not working, with no money, who can't feed their kids is absolutely no laughing matter," employee Beth Bosio said.

KHQ's Kelsey Watts reached out to Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers' Spokane office and received this statement in response to the protest:

"Since October 1st, I've opted to have my pay withheld for the duration of the government shutdown. Every day, I am working to find solutions that will reopen the government as soon as possible."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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