Shutdown impacting federal workers and citizens in New Orleans
Dave Cohen Reporting
The partial government shutdown is impacting both government workers and citizens seeking services across the country and here in New Orleans.
We went to the Social Security Office in downtown New Orleans and found people getting turned away. They are getting a note that says, "Due to Congressional inaction to prevent a Government shutdown... we regret that we are unable to assist you."
It also lists the limited services the office is providing now.
Some citizens were not happy.
"Really I am upset about it," one woman said as she walked out.
A man remarked, "They are supposed to help people. That's what they are here for."
The shutdown also means thousands of government workers in Louisiana are being sent home.
Civilian employees at the Belle Chasse Naval Air Station and Joint Reserve Base are facing a furlough.
"We have almost two-thousand civilian federal employees here on base," Public Information Officer Andrew Thomas said.
He noted that the five-thousand military personnel will continue to do their jobs.
"The military will be at work. Actually today is pay day, and they did get paid," Thomas noted.
The Social Security office and the base in Belle Chasse are just two examples of similar situations playing themselves out at federal facilities in the region and across the nation.