Sept. 30 - Federal employees say paying their bills, avoiding eviction are key concerns as the deadline to avert a government shutdown nears. Deborah Gembara reports.
With the deadline to pass a budget fast approaching, Washington is bracing for what could be its first government shutdown in 17 years. For federal employees, the prospect of agencies having to close their doors introduces a new level of uncertainty and concerns namely. SOUNDBITE: Angela Bymul, Government cotnractor saying: "Getting paid is the main thing and how long we are going to be out is the big issue with us." SOUNDBITE: Robert William Edwards, government worker saying: "Unemployment, not being able to pay bills, eviction, loss of family health benefits, loss -- all that." SOUNDBITE: Yeheyes Wuhil, Journalist, 'voice Of America' - A Federally Owned Broadcaster saying: "It's really scary. I'm sorry for the federal worker to be penalized by people who can't make up their minds up in congress." Other government workers say they know what they'll do if the shut down happens. SOUNDBITE: Christine Chung, Health and Human Services employee saying: "I have lots of projects at home I can do. I have a house to paint still, children to still take care of. To me it really isn't a factor." SOUNDBITE: Sharon Taylor, Federal Worker At U.S. Small Business Administration, saying: "I really don't think it is going to happen but if it does, there's not too much we can do about it so I'll be home doing chores if it does happen" The prospect of moving beyond the political impasse dimmed over the weekend after Republicans passed a measure that links approval of the spending bill to delaying President's Obama healthcare plan. Federal workers and contractors in Washington D.C. brace for interrupted work and reduced salaries as they face a looming shutdown because of a failure in the U.S. House of Representatives to craft legislation to fund government operations. FULL SCRIPT AND SHOTLIST TO FOLLOW SHOWS: WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES (FILE) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. SHOT OF CAPITOL HILL WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 30, 2013) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 2. COMMUTERS COMING UP THE ESCALATOR FROM A TRAIN STATION 3. PEOPLE WALKING ON STREET 4. WIDE OF ESCALATORS 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SHARON TAYLOR, FEDERAL WORKER AT U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, SAYING: "There is a sense of frustration because - I just heard on CNN that Congress went home and did not work through the night - and we are here and, you know, a lot of us live paycheck to paycheck so we are concerned about it, but what can you do? (Reporter: What would you say to Congress"). Get to work, so we can stay at work." 6. (SOUNDBITE) (English) YEHEYES WUHIL, JOURNALIST, 'VOICE OF AMERICA' - A FEDERALLY OWNED BROADCASTER, SAYING: "Money will run out, people live on a paycheck to pay