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Dover Couple Facing Second Furlough

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DOVER, Del. - It's day four of the partial government shutdown and there's still no resolution.

Many furloughed employees living on Delmarva are feeling the impact.

Tom and Dorothea Creaven say they're bracing for what could be an extended period without pay.

Tom is one of 500 civilian employees furloughed from Dover Air Force Base. He is also one of 800,000 people across the U.S. who were sent home without pay on Tuesday due to the shutdown.

"The fact that it's happening a second time is especially worrisome," said Tom Creaven.

Worrisome because it's unclear when he will go back to work. This is the second time this year Tom has been furloughed. The first time he was furloughed happened over the summer due to sequestration.

"We're still recovering from the summer furloughs. We budgeted as best we could during those times, but we haven't recovered yet," said Dorothea Creaven.

The Creavens say they've lost thee paychecks so far this year.

Tom works as a physical scientist at DAFB. He helps produce narcotic training aides used by more than 200 U.S. military dog kennels.

"Without the continual producing of these training aides and having them distributed to the bases that need them, it limits the military officers from training their animals effectively," said Tom Creaven.

The Creavens say the bills keep coming in.

"We've got to be careful what we buy, watch our spending, only get the necessities and just really try to limit everything," said Dorothea Creaven.

Tom says he's already tapped into his pension. Dorothea says she hopes she doesn't have to withdraw from her retirement to pay the bills.
     
The couple is holding out hope the government will reopen to put people back to work.

"Everyone has to work together and we have to make things work for the American people," said Dorothea Creaven.

Until then they say they're relying on their faith.

The House is expected to vote on a proposal that would give back-pay to the roughly 800,000 furloughed federal workers when the shutdown ends.

The house 'back-pay measure' could be up for a vote as early as Saturday.

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