The shutdown is over. But for federal workers, the uncertainty remains

The shutdown is over. But for federal workers, the uncertainty remains

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Alicia is the spouse of a sailor stationed at Pearl Harbor. She wants their last name kept out of this story because of her husband David's position with the Navy.

"We've always been very frugal with our money. We've tried to do our best to make sure we have a safety net," she said.

Alicia is a stay-at-home mom. Her family survives off her husband's earnings. But during the government shutdown the prospect of not having a paycheck frightened her.

"When this happened it scared me because we don't have a safety net right now," she said.

Alicia and David live in military housing, but many of Hawaii's 50,000 active-duty military and reservists whose pay became a political hot potato have mortgages.

Aligned Mortgage fielded many calls from worried military families.

"How are we going to pay our mortgage? is the lender going to do anything about it? Quite honestly that isn't something that should be on the lender. It should be on the government," Tony Dias said.

Military sources say during a shutdown military personnel continue to accrue pay, but they don't receive the money until the shutdown ends. Because this didn't affect the military's pay periods, service members should see no disruption in their salaries.

But there's more to consider.

U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard voted against the stop-gap measure that ended the shutdown, saying it "fails to include a year-long budget for our military."

She believes another shutdown could happen when the measure expires on February 8.

Military families fear their paychecks will once again be in the government's crosshairs.

"You swore to this country to defend the Constitution of it. You should be guaranteed that you will be compensated for the service that you provide," said Dias, a retired U.S. Marine.

"Who's going to stand up for the men and women overseas right now that in three weeks could not be getting paid again?" Alicia said. "They're putting their lives on the line. It seems like the people up on Capitol Hill don't care. That's a really scary thought."

Alicia and her husband will get an earnings statement in a day or two. They hope it includes the money David earned during the shutdown..

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