Workers return to work after government shutdown - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Workers return to work after government shutdown

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Hundreds of federal workers returned to their jobs Thursday after being furloughed from the government shutdown.

While the shutdown is over for now, the agreement reached late yesterday in Washington, DC is only a temporary fix.

All 11 federal workers at the Small Business Administration returned to their jobs. They weren't allowed to talk with the media, but a couple told Eyewitness News they were happy to be back at work.

The following federal agencies in Connecticut were also fully staffed Thursday:

  • The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Social Security
  • The IRS
  • The National Guard

For the National Guard, 540 full-time technicians were furloughed and 200 part-time guardsmen were not able to train. 

"Today is a good day," said Connecticut National Guard Col. John Whitford. "Most of our contractors are back to work."

Eyewitness News was told the shutdown affected maintenance, particularly at the Groton Sub Base, where the National Guard does work on Black Hawk helicopters.

The federally-funded Head Start program at Action for Bridgeport Community Development was forced to close its doors due to the shutdown.

ABCD had to close its doors the day of the shutdown, leaving 1,245 children without a Head Start early learning program.

The 3 to 5 year olds would get a healthy breakfast, lunch and snack every day when they attended their pre-K classes at ABCD.

On Wednesday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced the program would receive $800,000 in funds to open its doors during the shutdown.

The ABCD will stay open until Jan. 15, when another agreement will have to be reached.

Many of the furloughed workers will be getting back pay for the days they were out.

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