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Yakima TSA workers say the community has helped them survive 34 day government shutdown

Yakima TSA workers say the community has helped them survive 34 day government shutdown

YAKIMA, Wash.- Today is the 34th day of the government shut down.

Federal workers are still without pay, including those who work here in Yakima.

It's causing many airports to deal with employees calling in sick, and needing to hire extra back up security.

A TSA employee at the Yakima Terminal Airport tells Action News some of his co-workers are struggling to keep a roof over their heads, but he says so far they are getting by.

The employee says they haven't had too many people call out sick, and have been fully staffed since the start of the shutdown.

They say they've been getting a lot of support from the community, many donating food and gift certificates.

Airport Director Rob Peterson says the shutdown hasn't damaged their operations, but he says if the shutdown continues that could change.

"At the airport we've seen very little impact to screening operations. Our employees come to work with a smile on their face. They will be back payed, but that takes a toll on someones personal life as well as the local economy within the valley," said Peterson.

Today in the senate, two competing bills were voted down that would have ended the government shutdown.

Tomorrow federal workers will miss another paycheck.

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