CASTLE HAYNE, NC (WWAY) — The government shutdown is over for at least the next three weeks, as debates continue over border security funding.
Friday, WWAY spoke to the wife of a TSA agent about what effects the shutdown has had on them, and how she feels about this latest development.
“I just don’t want to see another shutdown. Because it has an effect on you mentally, emotionally,” said Dolores Swope.
The past year has been a rough one for Swope and her husband, who is a TSA agent.
“I lost my mother in June, so as I was beginning to get over that, then we had the hurricane. Then when Hurricane Florence was here, we lost everything,” said Swope.
After the hurricane, Swope and her husband moved into a rental home they own, and had to temporarily close a shop she runs in Rocky Point, losing two sources of income.
“My nerves were on edge. And then, when the shutdown came, I was like, ‘what else can happen?'” she said.
Swope’s husband has not received a paycheck since December. She says as the weeks continued, the shutdown began to wear on them both.
“My husband was sick, and he still had to go to work. And then he goes to work, and when he comes home, he says ‘I go to work, but I’m not getting paid,'” she said.
She says most people have been understanding of their situation, and offered help.
Nourish NC even provided groceries for TSA workers and their families.
Swope says that help is sometimes difficult to accept.
“When you’re used to doing for yourself, you kind of feel bad taking handouts,” she said.
On Friday, President Trump and congressional democrats reached an agreement to support a short-term spending bill and reopen the government for three weeks.
The White House later tweeted that federal workers will be paid in the coming days. Swope says hearing that was a blessing and a relief.
“I’m glad it’s over. It’s finished. We’ll see what happens February 15th,” said Swope.
Swope says she wants to thank every person, organization, and business that offered help to federal workers during the shutdown.
She just hopes an agreement can be made before that February 15 deadline.