Shutdown forcing some locals to get creative with the job search

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News 12 at 6 o' clock/ Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) --It's day 8 of the government shutdown and still, no sign of a compromise on Capitol Hill. The partial government shutdown is causing a lot of headache here at home. Hundreds are out of work and wondering when they'll see their next paycheck, but they aren't the only ones suffering.

The shutdown has indirectly forced Robin Halsey to get a job at a chicken house collecting eggs to make ends meet. She says, "I collect eggs seven days a week. I collect 8,000 eggs per house. I do most of the maintenance, that's what I'm doing today because the birds come in the morning."

It's not a glamorous job, but it helps pay some of the bills with four children at home and her husband not able to work.

She explains, "He had back surgery. He had a deteriorating disc in his back, and after they did back surgery, the doctor wouldnt release him to go back to work."

Halsey brings him along to work because she can't leave him alone at home with his health. He was a truck driver for 10 years, but he finally had to file for disability when his health problems started to mount.

"Now, they say we're pending a hearing in court. But now, since the government shutdown, it may be even longer before we can get disability," she says.

With no signs of a Congressional compromise anytime soon, the Halsey family is wondering how long it will be until Mr. Halsey can be approved for disability.

"It's bad. It's to the point where you have to decide whether you're going to have electricity or feed your children," she says.

Which is why she is doing anything and everything to make her family's quickly raveling ends meet.

She says, "I'm not happy with the government at all because they are sitting in offices and prolonging with this arguing and bickering, and people like me are out having to do this so that my children will have lights, water, and food ."

She says it's frustrating to pay into Social Security your whole life, and not have access when you need it the most.

"Instead, they just threw us under the bus and were just struggling that's just the way it is," she says.

When the shutdown is over, though, there's still no guarantee Halsey will get disability.