Government shutdown’s impact is minimal in Georgia, yet workers worry


Atlanta’s U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported no major impacts from Friday morning’s brief government shutdown. Ditto for Fort Benning near Columbus and Fort Stewart in coastal Georgia.

The latest shutdown appears to have had little impact on Georgia. But that doesn’t mean federal workers are not worried.

Dwight Rice, a telecommunications specialist at Fort Gordon near Augusta, said it is difficult for federal government workers such as him to plan their lives when Congress keeps passing short-term budget deals known as continuing resolutions, or “C.R.s” He was furloughed during last month’s shutdown.

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“We are really ready for them to get that long-term budget. These C.R.s are not good for the country at all,” said the Grovetown resident, who serves as the executive vice president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 2017. “Just like a regular person at home has to balance their budget, I look for Congress to do the same.”

President Donald Trump on Friday morning signed a far-reaching budget deal that reopened the government and will boost government spending by hundreds of billions of dollars for the military and nonmilitary programs.

“Just signed Bill,” Trump tweeted. “Our Military will now be stronger than ever before. We love and need our Military and gave them everything — and more. First time this has happened in a long time. Also means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!”

Staff writer Tamar Hallerman contributed to this article.



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