CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Furloughs continue on Day 3 of the partial government shutdown.
Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee is just one of many federal workplaces directly affected by the government shutdown.
Hundreds of civilian employees still don't know when their next paycheck will arrive.
“I pray that they'll be okay and that we will be, and we'll all make it through it,” said Karen Guthrie.
Karen's husband works at the Westover Air Reserve Base Fire Department. He is working during the partial government shutdown, but his paycheck may be delayed.
“Like everybody else, we have car payments. We have a house payment. We have a child to pay her tuition, her expenses, and our own expenses and just living day to day,” said Karen.
Around the country, about 800-thousand federal employees are in a similar situation. They are either staying home or working without pay for now.
Furloughed employees cannot take other jobs during the shutdown. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management says if an agency prohibits or requires an approval for a second job, that rule still applies.
Many people told 22News they are starting to run out of patience, as they wait for a solution.
“Everyone's trying to make a dollar, or save a dollar,” said Bill Methot of Ludlow. “The government is trying to do the same thing, but they pretty much don't have any clue on how to do it.”
Mike Pirro of Springfield told 22News, “I think they are being childish. Part of growing up is compromise, and that's their number one job, compromise with the entire country, so we can agree on what to do.”
House lawmakers may vote Friday or over the weekend on a legislation that could give furloughed workers their missed pay once the government re-opens.