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Furloughed Workers Worry About January Deadline

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Md.- Thousands of federal employees returned to work Thursday. Furloughed contractor Amy Taylor, of Snow Hill, has been out of work for 16 days. Now that Congress has passed a bill to reopen the government, she's back to work.

But there is a catch. The debt deal, approved late Wednesday night, will only fund the government through January 15th. Meaning there's a few months before Taylor will hold her breath and hope there's not another government shutdown.

"I am already worried because I will have to watch everything I am making up to that point," said Taylor. "And knowing I could be out [of work] again is frustrating."

While furloughed federal workers will get back pay for the work lost during the shutdown, Taylor will not. She works for a company contracted by NASA. Unfortunately, contractors will not get paid for the 16 agonizing days.

"I think if furloughed federal employees get paid, furloughed federal contractors should get paid as well," she said.

Taylor believes the bitter budget standoff left everyday people suffering.

"The lawmakers aren't the losers, the hard working Americans are the losers," said Taylor.

She can now breathe a sigh of relief. But Taylor fears the gates at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility could soon slam shut, as furloughed workers endure another government shut down mid January.

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