Las Vegans express concern over continuing shutdown

Jacqui Heinrich

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Las Vegans express concern over continuing shutdown

CREATED Oct. 3, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The heated debate that's brewing on Capitol Hill is causing some major repercussions from coast to coast, and also here in the Valley.

Locals are most upset that lawmakers behind this shutdown are still getting paid, while the people who put them in office are suffering.

"It's really hard. I was planning on getting new glasses and going to see the dentist next paycheck, but I'm not sure of that now," said Rosary Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald contacted Congressman Joe Heck to voice her frustration after she failed to receive an education award she gets as a member of AmeriCorps.

She said Heck's office didn't acknowledge her hardship, and just pointed to flaws in the ObamaCare plan.

Meanwhile, Tad Harris, a furloughed contractor with the EPA, said these legislators should take a walk in his shoes, "Put them in a normal nine to five job where they have to rely on paycheck to paycheck, they have to provide for their kids, they have to be able to say, 'Sorry honey we can't go to the movies this weekend because I don't know what's going to happen with my job next week.'"

Then there are local kids with disabilities, now robbed of their annual trip to Lake Mead.

Not only is the park closed because of the shutdown, but the Bureau of Reclamation, which heads up the event, is on furlough.