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Robins Furloughed Worker Speaks

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By WGXA Staff

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Updated: Mon, 07 Oct 2013 11:14:04 EST

While lawmakers continue the partisan stalemate in Washington, one furloughed worker from Robins Air Force Base is already feeling the financial pinch.

John Hunt is having an atypical day.

Since being furloughed at robins Air Force Base on Tuesday, he now has free time and is visiting a friend at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport. And while looking at his friend's plane, he can't help but think about the mess the federal government is in.

"You still have 535 leaders that can't do their job effectively which is pretty, its disgusting." -- John Hunt

He and roughly 45-hundred other employees at Robins are furloughed indefinitely until congress can approve a new budget. And despite having time off, he's worried about the bills piling up, which makes him consider a possible part time job.

"I'll be looking for something else. I can't trust that congress will be able to get their act together."

It's only been four days and Hunt estimates he's lost 750 dollars so far...roughly 40 percent of his pay in a ten day period. When earlier furloughs happened because of sequestration, he lost 20 percent of his pay.

He says then he cut back on some expenses like a vacation. Now he is considering even more personal spending limits, which he knows along with others, will affect the local economy.

"You've got small businesses, mom and pop businesses that i think will be affected because we don't spend money that we don't have."

Congress has discussed back pay for workers, and while Hunt likes the idea, he says its a lose lose situation.

"We may get paid if we come back to work is kind of bad because that means we're being paid for something that we didn't do. If we don't get paid, I mean literally I'm out of work until they decide to bring us back."

Until that happens, Hunt will catch up with friends and start a job search to help pay the bills until he can go back to work.

"I've invested a lot of years in the federal government and I'm not willing to give up on it, but at the same time, you know I do have adult responsibilities. "

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