Updated: 10/01/2013 5:33 PM
Created: 10/01/2013 4:00 PM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri
Hundreds of local people are being affected by a government shutdown. The Transportation Security Administration says the people working at the Greater Rochester International Airport right now are working for free. Other “behind the scene” employees like administrative staff for TSA are at home Tuesday on furlough.
In order to talk with any of the TSA employees on camera, News10NBC had to call a number to get permission. When we called that number, we heard, “You have reached the TSA Public Affairs for the Department of Homeland Security. Starting October 1, 2013, due to reduced staffing because of a partial government shutdown, you may experience a delayed response.”
That wasn't the only road block we ran into due to the shutdown. We wanted to see just how many federal employees are impacted by the government shutdown, so we went to the IRS location on East Avenue and found a sign saying, “This location of the IRS will be closed until the government shutdown is over.”
While these employees at the IRS are home and not getting paid, Congress still is. That fact didn't set well with too many people.
Claudia Blumstock said, “They need to hurt a little. They need to hurt a lot maybe to understand how other people are impacted by this.”
Robert Spengler said, “Public services aren't affected in the short term. If it continues, people eventually are going to have to stop going to work if they aren't getting paid.”
Federal courts will run for the next 10 days, but if the shutdown continues, they will close too.