EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSProtestors Converge on Rep. Capito's Office Demanding Shutdown End
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Reported by: Kera Mashek
Videographer: Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Kera Mashek
Reported: Oct. 15, 2013 10:28 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 16, 2013 10:12 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
As the government stays shutdown, and Congress fails to pass a budget, frustrations with people right here in West Virginia are growing.
Damian Galish works with the repair fleet along the state's rivers and says the past two weeks without a paycheck haven't been easy.
"You see the politicians on the news saying it's not a game, but to them it is because they're not out any money, they're not out of work, but it comes down and hurts people like us," said Galish, AFG Local 1938 Vice President.
And he's not alone. Dozens of laid off federal workers were among more than a hundred protestors putting their anger on display Tuesday night along Maccorkle Avenuem with even more support from people passing by.
"We're pretty angry about Representative Capito's votes in Congress to shut down the government. We really feel we sent her there to run the government, not to run the government into the ground," said Gary Zuckett, West Virginia Citizen Action Executive Director.
It's not just government workers paying the price for Congress not passing a budget. The closing of some federal offices has created another unexpected disruption for Burr Beard. He's unable to file paperwork with the FCC to take advantage of a rare opening to put his low-power radio station on the air.
"To be able to now maybe say we won't be able to get it on the air in 2014 would be a big delay and a loss to my company," said Burr Beard, Friends of Old Time Music & Dance.
So it's grassroots efforts like Tuesday's demonstration that protestors hope just might send a message to those in D.C. to stop the shutdown.
"Politics aside, just get it over with. Do their job and put us back to work," said Galish.
Of course, there's a sense of urgency to get a deal passed. A first-ever federal default, leaving the government unable to pay its bills would hit Thursday. More devastating cuts to those who rely on government programs from veterans to social security and food stamp recipients would follow if the shutdown continues.
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