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Sanford: "I'm for opening up the government tomorrow"

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BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. -

The civilian employees at the Marine Corps Air Station and Parris Island got back to work today, after being furloughed in the government shutdown for almost a week.  

"It's a great day in South Carolina, and I'm back at work!" exclaimed Brenda Jenkins.

Jenkins is an employee at the base.

"We were at home, not knowing when we were going to come back to work, and to get a phone call last evening, it was wonderful news for me and I'm sure for the rest of my coworkers," says Jenkins.

Another employee, Sue Partridge, says it's some of the first good news to come out the government shutdown. But Partridge still has questions for Congress.

"I spent this past weekend calling Congress, calling my Senators, trying to get some answers on what to expect," she says.

She says she even wrote her congressman, Mark Sanford. Sanford was in Hilton Head to speak with a republican group when he weighed-in on the shutdown.

"If last week is any marker, there's something of a real tug-of-war where neither side seems to be moving, so I don't have a crystal ball to what happens this week," he says. "I'm for opening up the government tomorrow."

Sanford says he cannot tell what the week will bring, and how long the shutdown will go on. He says shutdowns have happened a number of times over the years. He believes the arguments to no end have become a political tactic to make the public angry.

While Sanford doesn't foresee an outcome in the week ahead, he says he has taken action to end the shutdown.

"I voted on any number of measures that would've done so, four different bites of the apple if you will, over the last week alone. We'll see what becomes of it this week," he says.

In the meantime, Partridge says she still needs the paycheck she lost last week from the furlough.

"We don't know when we're going to get paid or how we're going to pay our bills and how we're going to feed our families," says Partridge.

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