Local federal employees back to work after historic shutdown

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The action to temporarily reopen the government is welcome news for both government workers and the people they serve.

In our area, TSA and National Park Services were among those most impacted by the historic shutdown.

But on Monday it was back to business as the gates of Fort Pulaski National Monument opened to visitors for the first time in over a month.

Workers are thrilled to welcome visitors back to the only National Park Service facility in the area.

“Oh, it’s just wonderful, I mean you have no idea what it means to the staff to be back out there in Savannah’s National Park, to be open not only for our local constituents but for any, anybody that’s visiting the area,” said Joel Cadoff, park ranger.

For visitors flying in and out of this region, several said they were glad to see the TSA working with pay, empathizing with the plight of furloughed employees.  

“To know that we probably wouldn’t have a problem this morning, it made the trip a lot more fun, not having that in the back of our minds,” said Nancy Jewett, a Houston resident flying at the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport.

The end of the shutdown is only temporary, expiring February 15 if no agreement is reached about funding a border wall with Mexico.

The shutdown cost $11 billion according to a report released today by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, including $3 billion that’s gone forever.

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