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Borderland sounds off on shutdown frustrations
By: Genevieve Curtis
EL PASO: Texas--Monday morning begins the seventh day of the government shut down. In the last week Americans have seen federal employees furloughed, parks close and much more.
These days, when something bothers people they take to social media to vent, so amid the government shutdown it was no surprise to see the internet all abuzz, or all a tweet, with shut down frustrations
From those mourning the black, unplugged, panda cam at the National Zoo, to those angered by the barricades placed before WWII memorials.
KFOX14 wanted to see what frustrates people the most about the government shutdown.
"A lot of people suffer that shouldn't," said Jorge Armendariz of West El Paso.
Sunday, many learned the Armed Forces Network, which shows football and baseball games to troops overseas, was also a casualty of the shutdown.
Joel N. Perla Lopez wrote to KFOX14, "I'm in Afghanistan and they shut down the TV other than News so we don't get to watch football. One of the only true joys we have that resemble the states."
Edwin Ochoa said, "I did hear that TV shutdown overseas...u guys serving deserve the little things that make u feel at home, congress should use their pay to help out."
While so many federal employees go without their pay, it has some in the borderland calling out Congress.
Katie Najera posted to KFOX14's Facebook asking, "Why is congress still getting paid?!! They should also lose their paychecks."
"If the government is shutdown, why should we pay taxes?" wrote Wendy Myers.
For many households in the borderland, the shutdown means uncertain times. Whitney A. Conley said she's concerned about, "The fact that people are going without pay when they have bills they need to pay and mouths they need to feed and with having an active duty husband the threat of us not being paid in the future if this continues."
As the second week of the government shutdown begins in Washington, El Pasoans hope there's an end in sight.
"I think it's going to be a big struggle to get them to get together," said Christina Vargas.