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Shutdown impacts local workers

Rochester, N.Y.-- David Hitchcock went to work this morning not knowing what to expect. He knew the government had shutdown and had an idea, he wouldn't be staying long at work.

He filled out some paperwork, was handed his furlough notice, and he went home.

Hitchcock works as a contractor for the Department of Defense. He repairs military vehicles at a company in Henrietta.

Hitchcock said it's frustrating that people like him who want to work to pay their bills and support their families, are furloughed while those making the decisions are still getting paid.

Rebecca Hitchcock worried how they will pay their bills. She attends school and cares for their two year old son. David's paycheck is what they live on.

Family members have offered to loan them money, but the Hitchcocks are hoping this shutdown won't last that long.

David served three tours of duty overseas, including service in Iraq, Afghanistan and most recently, Kuwait.

He worried he wouldn't make it home safely.

This is a different worry, but he said it is scary not having a paycheck to count on.

He will apply for Unemployment Insurance.

Rebecca said it's not fair that lawmakers in Washington cannot reach a compromise and that they don't seem to care how this impacts workers like David.

She told us: "Our bills are still going to be due, they can't pay theirs, but we still have to pay our bills even though he's not getting paid"
 
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