SAN ANGELO, TX - The government has reopened after being closed for almost three days, however, the senate still has to vote on the spending bill which caused the shutdown.
"You go to work every day and they expect you to do the same job, same quality of stuff, but what do you get, you get nothing,” said Jennifer Jensen, Airforce veteran.
Many people affected by shutdowns are military members. Jensen says she had to endure the shutdown back in 2013.
"We are willing to risk our lives for you and you want to do this and not pay us? We didn’t sign up for that, we signed up to do our jobs, do what's right and protect our country and we can’t do that if we don’t have money to spend on food," said Jensen.
The first partial shutdown took place under former president Gerald Ford when he vetoed a $56 billion spending bill for the Department of Labor and Health Education and Welfare.
Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush had one shutdown each during their terms.
The longest shutdown which lasted 21 days occurred under Bill Clinton when he vetoed a resolution in 1995 over Medicare premium increases.
David Currie, a pastor and Chair for a local political party says the disagreement in Washington shouldn't shut down a government, much less withhold pay for government employees.
“Deal with issues facing this country like adults we got people acting like children, they can’t get along. [Like] they’re in a playroom throwing toys at each other,” said Currie.
The last shutdown was during Barack Obama’s presidential term in 2013 when lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on the Affordable Care Act.
This shutdown was due to Republican and Democratic lawmakers butting heads when it came to immigration and spending. Currie feels that some of those lawmakers could have done more to avoid the shutdown.
“I think it’s extremely irresponsible," said Currie.
Although the senate reached a deal to end the government shutdown, many say they are still far from reaching a long term deal.
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