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

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“We’re nonetheless working. I’ll work daily and I am not getting paid. I’ve to work additional 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 supplied to assist, with one pledged 1000’s of {dollars}.

Others hearts are opening up as properly. At an house advanced 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 price.

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 may assist finish a expensive stalemate.

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

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