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How Government Shutdown Affects Mississippi

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Outside the McCoy federal building in downtown Jackson, frustration from people angry that they're unable to get assistance, because of the shutdown of many federal government agencies.

"I came here to get my social security card changed over that expired Saturday and I went to the IRS and they said it was closed," said Jamie Murphy.

Tiffany Warren says she drove 68 miles from Greenville to Jackson where she found off the IRS office was closed.

“It don’t make no sense how the government is right now,” said Mark Ayers of Jackson, who left the Social Security Administration office without some important information he says he needed.

Federal employees like Larry Turner came to work Tuesday morning only to be sent back home. Turner, who works for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, was told he's furloughed without pay.

"Now I’m going home without money, no paycheck I don't know when I’ll come back," he said.

In all some 19,000 federal workers in Mississippi could be furloughed until Congress and the White House resolve the standoff.

Meantime, the Mayflower Café, across the street from the federal building, is feeling the impact of the shutdown.

"It's really affecting our business," said waitress Sherri Johnson.

Tuesday the restaurant was less than half full. Managers tell us on a good the place would be packed with lunchtime diners.

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