Fearing furlough: So. Ariz. federal workers prepare for potential shutdown

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Fearing furlough: So. Ariz. federal workers prepare for potential shutdown

By Cory Marshall. CREATED Sep 30, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Alicia Vazquez has worked within the Department of Commerce for years. Suffice it to say, she has felt the threat of potential government shutdown before. However, during the course of her career, she says, it has never gotten to this point.

"I have a house payment and bill payments and I'm very concerned about it," Vazquez told 9OYS.

"I'm really, really going to have to start looking for a part time job and take it from there," she continued.

The Tucson resident is one of millions of federal workers who will be forced to stay home if Congress does not come through with a last-minute spending deal by Midnight, Monday.

The partial shutdown will furlough federal workers, stop some government services and close national parks and museums.

Border Patrol, Air traffic controllers, Social Security and the U.S. Postal Service will not be affected.

"I think uncertainty is always challenging, especially for folks who really depend on being able to work and who really want to serve the visitors who are going to continue to show up, even if we're not available," Saguaro National Park spokeswoman Andy Fisher said.

According to Fisher, most park workers, with the exception of a few emergency personnel, will be sent home starting Tuesday pending an agreement.

"Prudent management says we're going to prepare in case that comes. So, we're getting ready to shut down if that's what it's going to be," Fisher added.