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Furloughed & Fed Up: Local Federal Employees disappointed, worried

By JOLEEN FERRIS

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - John Mautner served his country for 22 years in the U.S. Navy.

He recently retired, re-entering the workforce. He got a government job in Syracuse. He got a furlough notice before his first paycheck.

 "I was basically on board six working days, and then Tuesday morning, I came in, received a furlough letter and I was sent home indefinitely until the shut down is resolved," said Mautner.

Disappointment is Mautner's overriding emotion.

"I was 22 years in the Navy retired and I fought for the Constitution and there's people on Capitol Hill that can't seem to resolve a problem that happens on mark every year."
 
Single mother of three Tabitha Haggart tried for five years to get a federal job at Rome Lab, even getting a second master's degree.
 
"I'm a single mother of three children, it's just, the worry is brutal. How am I going to pay my bills? How am I going to go anywhere? I can't survive on unemployment, I can't pay everything," says Haggart.

Mautner has a wife and new baby to support.

"I love my country, however, me as an American, as a veteran, as a voter, I'm very frustrated that I was the one who voted these individuals at Capitol Hill and their complacency, their lack of oversight has failed the American people."

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