SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) - Protesters against the government shutdown took to the streets of Springfield Wednesday as a deal looked close in Washington, D.C.
The deal would end the shutdown for now by allowing federal government to extend borrowing limits through a bipartisan Senate measure.
The senate is expected to vote soon, but Khayesha Peterson, like the other protesters that joined her on North Limestone Street in Springfield, is tired of waiting.
"Both sides need to put down their egos and put down what ever it is that's stopping them from coming to the table to really figure out a budget that's going to work for every one," Peterson said.
Peterson is 7 months pregnant with two kids and a husband that also works for the government. She's finding it hard to explain to her kids why they have to do without.
"I just told them a lot of things we normally do right now we can't do cause mommy and daddy don't have money," said Peterson.
Like Peterson, Olga Accilien-Gabriel also protested in front of the Social Security Office where she works. Accilien-Gabriel also collects a pension for getting injured while serving in Korea. For the past few weeks, she said she hasn't seen a dime.
"I served this country honorably and I'm not getting my paycheck and I am also not getting my VA benefit," said Accilien-Gabriel.
Rick Hanna is in the same boat as the dozen protesters that stood out in the rain Wednesday afternoon. As their union representative, he wanted everyone to see the faces of those affected.
"When it comes down here to the people that actually work in the street, work in the field, we are the ones that actually feel the impact of what they're not doing in Washington," said Hanna.
That's a message, Peterson, and the rest of the protesters want our leaders to get. She said until they get the hint, all she can do for her family is turn to God.
"Pray. Pray. I trust god above anything else so eventually it's got to work out," Peterson said.
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