PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) Not all the people who spoke to Sen. Joe Manchin Tuesday were federal government employees. Some provided contract workers to federal agencies.
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S.W. Resources provides workers to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, long known as the Bureau of Public Debt, in downtown Parkersburg.
"If something would happen to that contract, or SW would have to wait for their money," said Jake Ridgway, Project Manager, "that would affect 200-250 people with disabilities that this company serves."
Others said it affects the ability for people, like farmers, to get loans through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Virginia McDonald is a long-time U.S.D.A. employee.
"We are expected to perform our jobs, to meet our deadlines, and to compromise when necessary," McDonald told Sen. Manchin. "And the leaders, including congressional leaders, need to be held to those expectations."
Manchin told the crowd he donated his pay, which has continued for members of Congress, to food banks across West Virginia.
"What would stop the shutdown, is the day the shutdown happens, every congressman and every senator's pay stops," Manchin said, as the audience gave its approval with applause.
A local bank administrator told the audience that financial institutions are beginning to see the effects of the shutdown, on people affected both directly and indirectly by it.
Manchin's office released a list of available services, listed on the "Hot Button" on our home page, to aid federal workers who won't get paid until after the shutdown is over.
"There's loan forgiveness, there's deferments and things of that sort," Manchin said. "nd federal programs where federal credit unions will give them money they don't have to pay back until they go back to work."
Something that still looks like it won't happen soon.
"We are part of the United States Government," one worker said. "And this isn't right to do this to us."