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President of American Federation of Government Employees also furloughed
OKALOOSA COUNTY -- Okaloosa County - Federal employees are back at work after being furloughed..
A local president of the American Federation of Government Employees was furloughed.
"Federal employees are back to work and many of them are thankful that President Obama signed the bill that will allow them to make money to pay their own bills."
Union Leader Rocky Tasse is relieved the government shut down is over.
He says nearly 7,000 civilian employees from Eglin Air Force Base to Hurlburt Field were furloughed. He was one.
Making it hard for many people to pay their bills and support their families.
The bill signed by President Obama will fortunately pay government workers for the time they missed during the 16- day shutdown..
But Tasse says it's still going to be tough for some.
Rocky Tasse "Sunday is the end of our pay period and we're not to be paid this pay period we won't see it for probably three more weeks."
He says there was no need for the shut down to last this long.
He believes many senators started to look out for their own states instead of what was good for the country as a whole.
"You either peanut butter spread the pain across the country or fix it."
Tasse says while it's a relief the government is open for business. It doesn't sound like a long term solution .
The government will be funded through January 15th and lift the debt ceiling through February 7th.
"All they've done is kicked the can down the road, so come January we still have to face these two issues again."
"President Obama says now its time for Washington to move on to other issues like the budget."