As the federal government shutdown drags on, furloughed employees have been sharing their struggles, together with John Siciliano, a federal corrections officer in New Jersey.

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He instructed CBS Information’ Anna Werner he hasn’t gotten a paycheck since Dec. 29 and is about to overlook a mortgage fee. The financial institution instructed him and his spouse in the event that they miss a second one, it would begin foreclosures proceedings.  

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“We’re nonetheless working. I will work on daily basis and I am not getting paid. I’ve to work further hours and never receives a commission,” he mentioned.

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John Sicilano and his spouse, Vicky. 

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Since his story aired Wednesday evening, practically a dozen strangers have provided to assist, with one pledged hundreds of {dollars}.

Others hearts are opening up as nicely. At an residence complicated in Oklahoma Metropolis, as many as 100 federal employees will not have to fret about lease or utilities for the size of the shutdown, as a result of their constructing’s administration is waiving the associated fee.

Java Joe’s Cafe, on Michigan’s higher peninsula is serving free breakfast for Coast Guard employees.

Within the shadow of the nation’s Capitol, one restaurant is flipping free burgers for anybody on the federal government payroll, together with elected officers. Proprietor Peter Tabibian is hoping free meals would possibly assist finish a pricey stalemate.

“They will sit over a pleasant juicy burger and hammer this factor out and get these good folks again to work,” he mentioned.

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