October 1st, 2013
11:11 AM ET

Three Examples: This Is How The Shutdown Impacts Me...

A panel of a cross section of Americans joined "New Day" hosts Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan and Michaela Pereira Tuesday to talk about how the government shutdown impacts them.

Larry Hirsch is a government Worker who's been part of the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development for 13 years.

Hirsch says he doesn't know what he'll be doing until this is over as the shutdown “is our second furlough of the past few months."

"I took five furlough days over the summer, so this has been a significant impact on our family’s budget,” he says.

While he's not working and has no pay, he's frustrated at lawmakers for using Obamacare as an excuse to not pass a budget.

“We’re federal employees, our job is to implement laws, and not to hold the budget hostage to laws that are already the law of the land, is to do their job, get a budget passed, to fund the government so we can do the services that we’re paid to do, that the American people need.”


Brad Hill, a father of six, operates the gift shop at the Statue of Liberty. Hill is impacted because he works as part of the national park system.

The dad says after the closure of Ellis Island due to Hurricane Sandy damage last year, today brings even more hardship with the loss of 110 jobs, including his own.

Janet Mcintosh is a military wife.

She says “the stress and the anxiety of being brought so close and then worrying about what are we going to do and then last minute, they pass resolutions granted, to give us our pay, but we’re still being affected by it in other ways.”


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