DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - While talks to end the shutdown continue, federal workers have had to strike their own deals with creditors.
"They don't care if we're not working, they want their money," says federal worker Susan Michaelson.
The workdays are normal for Michaelson and Jamie Haas at the Social Security Hearing Office.
But the pay days are not.
"It's very scary for all of us in this situation," Michaelson says.
Like other federal workers, last week brought a check missing four days of pay.
Even as it appears the shutdown could soon end, workers aren't sure when their next full pay check will be and when they'd get any back pay.
"I don't know if on the 25th we'd see anything," Michaelson says of the next pay day for workers. "That's an awful short period of time to figure out everything that needs to be figured out."
In the meantime, Michaelson has five kids at home who depend on her.
Haas has two kids and a husband deployed in Afghanistan.
"Trying to explain to your children you can't go get ice cream, you can't go to the movies, there's things we can't do," Haas says of the shutdown's impact.
The two say an end to the shutdown would be a relief, but it won't put food on the table just yet.
"As time goes on it seems like we'll never get paid again," Michaelson says.
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