Thousands in Lowcountry feeling impact of government shutdown

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Workers in the Lowcountry hope new developments Monday afternoon in the government shutdown will get things up and running again quickly.

On Monday, the Senate struck a deal to get the government back open. Late in the afternoon, the House followed suit.

The deal now must go to President Donald Trump for his signature.

An end to the shutdown can't come fast enough for the workers across the Lowcountry who are waiting for word.

A WalletHub survey ranked South Carolina in 39th place for states that would feel the biggest impact from the shutdown. But the thousands impacted in the Lowcountry include customs workers at Charleston's ports, TSA agents at Charleston International Airport and workers at Joint Base Charleston. Historic Fort Sumter is also closed as a result of the shutdown.

The shutdown began Saturday and immediately triggered a blame game in Congress, but employees in the Lowcountry who aren't getting paid say for them, it's not about politics.

"Well, I know it's not another setback. I hope that this time, they would come together and stop pointing fingers at this one and that one and try to come together as an adult and to know that they're not being impacted with the loss. We are," Bonnetta Daniels said.

For more than 10 years, Bonnetta Daniels has been stocking shelves at the Deca Commissary for the Navy.

"I like it. It's independent, you come in, you already know what you're going to do," she said.

Daniels was there the last time the government shut down during President Barack Obama's administration in 2013. During those two weeks, she didn't get paid at all.

"We lost a great deal of money, so this time here, I was a little frantic," Daniels said.

Tina Bohannon, whose son works in the military, was also frantic, and a little angry.

"They don't understand that their actions affect people's lives," Bohannon said.

"There are military families, you know, young families that are on food stamps," she said. "They live paycheck to paycheck. So if the government decides not to give them a paycheck one day, that affects their lives."

Those are the lives Tina says the government needs to think about. She's hopeful her son won't have to deal with a shutdown in the future.

"Think about the people and not politics," Bohannon said.

Daniels is asking for unity from the federal government.

Trump is expected to sign the bill, which would reopen the government for the first time in three days.

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