Active military will be paid, civilians workers won't
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Local families with loved ones on the battlefield know they will still receive a paycheck. This is after President Barack Obama signed a bill Monday night allowing them to be paid even during a government shutdown, but others aren't in the clear.
"Thanks to the last furlough it drained a lot of my emergency savings and funds," said civil service employee Cameron Griffith.
Griffith lost 20 percent of his paycheck during those furloughs a couple of months ago. He's an IT specialist at NAS Jacksonville and because he's a civil service worker, the paycheck he's expecting on Oct. 15 will be in limbo and so are his bills.
"It might disrupt my mortgage but right now I'm working with Navy Federal Credit Union and my existing mortgage lender to possibly delay or suspend my loan," said Griffith.
Griffith tells us that would help defer the payments for a few months. He says hopefully Congress will act before then.
"I just gotta ride out the storm and see what happens," said Griffith.
All employees will receive their check on Oct. 1 since it was already in the books before the possible shutdown. Congress could later decide to pay all the furloughed employees retroactively but it just may take some time to get their money.
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