SAN DIEGO — As President Donald Trump reached a deal to reopen the government, some furloughed workers across the United States are relieved while others are not feeling quite optimistic yet.
“It would be nice to get a paycheck but I don’t know if I like a temporary solution to a permanent problem,” said Joe Hill, a federal prison worker in Florence, Colorado.
Friday’s deal would soon return federal workers to their jobs but it’s not immediately clear when are they going to get paid.
About 800,000 federal workers have gone for two pay periods without a paycheck. Some had to take temporary jobs, sell their cars and take out thousands of dollars in loans.
“It’s about time. Couldn’t be happier,” said Sheri Lohman, a federal worker in Colorado. “It makes everything much easier, I don’t have to continue working a part time job.”
Arrisia Sims, an agricultural specialist for Customs and Border Protection, said she was very grateful for the decision.
“All I can say is, praise the Lord,” Sims said. “I’m just — praise the lord, I’m happy. I’m getting my paycheck and that’s pretty much what comes to mind.”
Meanwhile, several Transportation Security Administration employees said it would still be hard for them to overcome the impacts of the shutdown.
“People’s lives have been damaged over nothing. People have lost careers. There’s people whose credit is messed up,” said Jamie Keys, a 14-year TSA employee at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
“All kinds of damage has been done. People can’t afford medicine. Yeah, we’re happy it’s over, but at what cost? We’re still let down either way,” she said.
At the San Diego International Airport, TSA and FAA employees rallied outside of Terminal 1 against the government shutdown just as President made his announcement.
“Relief. Definitely relief,” said TSA agent Marina Zavala of the news. “Especially because we’re coming to the beginning of the month and bills are due.”
Furloughed aviation safety inspectors will also be able to get back to work.
“There are a lot of inspections that have not been conducted for the last four weeks,” said Joan Matthiesen, a representative for Professional Aviation Safety Specialists. “They’re backlogged. They’re already understaffed so now they have to catch up.”