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A mother feels the pinch amid the shutdown

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A mother feels the pinch amid the shutdown

A mother feels the pinch amid the shutdown

Cher Muzyk's husband, an attorney with the U.S. government, is one of 800,000 government workers whose salary has been temporarily suspended due to the ongoing shutdown.

She worries that without her husband's income, her family will be left without a safety net.

Yahaira Jacquez reports.

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A mother feels the pinch amid the shutdown

Cher Muzyk is a stay-at-home mom in Virginia.

Her husband is one of the 800,000 government workers who because of the shutdown isn't getting paid.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CHER MUZYK, WIFE OF IMPACTED FEDERAL WORKER, SAYING: "He's gone to work every single day without pay without complaint.

He's doing his job because he believes it's important." But as the shutdown stretches into its 22nd day - making it the longest on record - the mother of two worries about being able to make ends meet with no money coming in.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CHER MUZYK, WIFE OF IMPACTED FEDERAL WORKER, SAYING: "It's just a time that is so unbelievable that we can work really hard to get this education and make sure that we can provide for our family but still end up wondering if we're going to be able to pay our bills." Topping Muzyk's long list of worries is how they'll pay for their children's education.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CHER MUZYK, WIFE OF IMPACTED FEDERAL WORKER, SAYING: "It's a huge challenge, it's almost a thousand dollars a month for preschool for half day." And with the political standoff over border security showing no immediate signs of easing, Muzyk worries the family will soon have to make some tough decisions.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CHER MUZYK, WIFE OF IMPACTED FEDERAL WORKER, SAYING: "We're going to have to take loans.

We're going to have to use credit cards." She says the family has about 2 months of wiggle room before they really feel pinch.

But if the shutdown goes beyond that - they'll probably have to dip into their savings.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CHER MUZYK, WIFE OF IMPACTED FEDERAL WORKER, SAYING: "I mean, I really don't want to be in that situation." But while Muzyk is stressed about her own family's situation, she knows others have it worse - having to live paycheck to paycheck.

And for that reason she has a message for President Trump.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CHER MUZYK, WIFE OF IMPACTED FEDERAL WORKER, SAYING: "A crisis is not at the border, the crisis is in your backyard.

The Americans that are working families, they need their paychecks.

Let's solve this.

Let's figure it out.

Do what you need to do to make this happen." This week, she headed to Washington DC to march with hundreds of federal workers at a rally demanding an end to the shutdown.




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