LAS VEGAS — Just a few miles from the McCarran International Airport is the TSA office, where grocery bags welcome airport employees filled with food and household supplies from local nonprofit organizations–enough to last for a few days as the partial federal government shutdown continues.
Airport workers who are on the job, but without pay because of the shutdown, are expected to pick up some of these bags at the end of their shifts.
Statistics state that in Nevada, there are about 2000 federal workers with the Department of Interior in Nevada who are not receiving paychecks during the shutdown.
Many federal workers in Nevada, like Margie Gonzalez, have recently applied for supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits.
U.S senator Jackie Rosen and U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto, both Democrats, are hopeful that a spending bill will pass in the Democratic-controlled House and in the Republican-led Senate, and ultimately get the signature of President Donald Trump.
But times remain uncertain for these impacted federal workers, who only seek to make ends meet and provide for their families.