Federal employees in Springfield and across the country are waiting to get back to work and get paid.
Of the 800,000 federal employees affected by the government shutdown, nearly half have been furloughed. Many National Historic Sites are closed, like the Springfield Armory.
The Springfield Armory Museum is typically open on Thursdays but its been forced to close due to the government shutdown. They posted a sign here at the entrance that says the museum will remain closed until the shutdown is lifted.
“I feel bad for them because we elected these people to look out for us and the country and they are playing games because they can’t make any decisions, said Mary Frontczak of Springfield.
FBI spokeswoman Kristen Setera told 22News all of the employees at the FBI Springfield Field Office on Main Street are working, but none are getting paid during the government shutdown. Setera said their field offices must remain open to maintain national security and enforce federal law.
Setera said only essential FBI employees are working at their headquarters in Washington to provide investigative support to field operations. Its still unclear whether the FBI workers in Springfield or at the Armory Museum will receive retroactive pay after the shutdown ends.