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Is the end of the government shutdown finally in sight?
Due to the federal government shutdown, the training of new border patrol agents is at a standstill and many of the offices, such as the Border Patrol Training Facility in Artesia, New Mexico, are closed due to furloughs.
About 350 trainees have been sent home and will not return until the shutdown is over.
The federal government shutdown could impact cities the longer it continues. Tom Downs, the City of San Antonio's federal consultant, believes an agreement might be in the works, but city leaders are closely watching out for possible consequences.
Downs held a video-conference with city leaders on Wednesday from his office in Washington, D.C. and said he's closely monitoring the situation for San Antonio.
The mood for compromise has been slow because the Republican-controlled House and the Democratic-controlled Senate want different things.
The federal government remains shutdown for its seventh day. In a surprise announcement this weekend, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that up to 350,000 people would be returning to work at the Department of Defense as a result of a close reading of one stop gap measure that passed congress.
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With no end in sight to the federal government shutdown, a group of out-of-work federal employees in San Antonio is delivering its own furlough notice to Sen. Ted Cruz.
Angry federal workers at Port San Antonio, a decommissioned Air Force base, say they're fed up with being government pawns.
“We just came off our sequester in mid-September and we got the sucker punch of being sent home again Tuesday. All we want is the senator to do his job,” said Elsa Martinez, an employee with the Air Force reserve.
Most federal workers around San Antonio were told to go home today, including most of the civilian personnel involved in military operations. That includes military intelligence, which is based in San Antonio.
Two associations tied to federal agencies say the government shutdown could jeopardize the lives of millions of Texas military families.
According to federal government, active military personnel will continued to be paid during the government shutdown, but Ray Linder with the National Guard Association of Texas said that doesn’t include the National Guard.
Joint Base San Antonio continues to watch the action in Washington, D.C., preparing for the possibility that civilian workers will be staying home from work the rest of the week.
With no fiscal 2014 budget and no continuing resolution, it was touch-and-go whether thousands of active-duty military personnel would be paid. But the Senate passed a bill late Monday providing for pay for military members.
However, Joint Base San Antonio spokesman Brent Boller said support personnel -- 23,000 JBSA civilian employees -- may be looking at skipping their paychecks for a long time.