By: Franque Thompson
OMAHA (KPTM) - Many are feeling the effects of the shutdown locally. An Omaha family in the middle of a government move to the east coast for a new job said the moving expenses have already been paid, but they don't know if they're savings will hold them until the shutdown is resolved and they get paid again.
"We're on standby. We know we're going to pack up, we know we're going to move, but what's coming next, we don't know," said Theresa Nichols while putting her belongings in moving boxes.
Packing up the house is just about the only thing Nichols is certain of. The move to the Washington DC area was already planned because her husband was hired as a government service employee almost a year ago. What they didn't plan for was the shutdown. And although she can't stop packing up, paying for bills and mortgages is at a halt.
"This is going to be a big financial hardship. We're going to have to dip into savings, we're going to have to, you know, tighten our belts extremely, not knowing what's going to come up," said Nichols.
Her son is a wounded veteran. Funding for his education is also up in the air.
"Waiting for his first GI bill payment for his tuition and his living expenses. We don't know what's going to happen there," said Nichols.
Nichols is in a rush to make sure everything gets packed up and shipped out. She blames the government for the added stress.
"It's not fair, it's not right. I mean, we elected people in Washington to do this job and they've got to do it," she said.
Whether congress gets the job done or not, Nichols said the move is going to happen.
"We'll end up somewhere and we'll end up hopefully on our feet," she said.
Most federal agencies will continue to be closed until Congress reaches a resolution. Social security checks will still get mailed. Veteran's hospitals will also stay open.
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