While lawmakers on both sides of the aisle dig in their heels, some families in Central Ohio are digging deep into their wallets.
Federal employees are trying to figure out how to balance their budgets without a paycheck... where the federal government cannot.
For the most part, the U.S. military is not affected by the government shutdown, but there are exceptions.
And for one Licking County family, that exception is very real.
They are one of approximately 1,800 families in Ohio now trying to survive on unpaid leave, as a result of the shutdown.
Rob Hewitt said he wanted to be in the military ever since he was a child, but family obligations kept him here in Ohio.
Serving in the Ohio National Guard presented the perfect opportunity to honor both country and family, he said.
Hewitt is a dual status technician, working as a mechanic at the Defense Supply Center in Columbus full-time and a civilian soldier one weekend a month.
"The (National Guard technicians) mission is to support the greater activities of the National Guard, which actually right now accounts for one-third of our military," Hewitt said.
Because National Guard troops are not active duty, they are considered non-essential.
And approximately 1,000 technicians here are now on unpaid leave.
"Yeah, the uncertainty - It's too much because you have to guarantee that there's food on the table, you have to make sure that there's shelter," Liz Freeman, Hewitt's fiancee,
This young military family knows about making sacrifices, but with a young daughter and an 8-month-old son to support, they wonder, where do the sacrifices end?
"Right now, we're just looking at... we're lining up the bills, and seeing things like the health insurance that was a big one," said Freeman.
With the DSCC shutdown indefinitely, and National Guard drills postponed, Hewitt does not know when he'll receive his next paycheck.
That uncertainty is only part of this family's greater concern for country.
"Do they know our National Guard is weakened right now? I'm scared as a citizen. I'm worried," Freeman said.
This family says they may be able to get by for 30 days, at most.
At some point, they will have to consider collecting unemployment benefits.
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