For the first time in 17 years, part of the U.S. government has been forced to shut down.
And here at home, the shutdown is having a profound and intense impact on thousands of families.
Many Arsenal employees went to work today, only to be sent back home, unemployed for now, with no end in sight.
For some, the furloughs mean no work and no pay until they're told a deal is done and they can come back.
For others, like those at the Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center, it's business as usual except don't expect to get paid anytime soon.
Union president Steve Beck says it's tough to handle the cuts on top of the six furlough days many already dealt with earlier this year.
We're going through this again," says Beck, President of AFGE Local 15. "A lot of frustration for employees."
"I was quite stunned," says Perry Frazelle, physical security assistant.
"These are real families, and I have a real family and that's my only income, this is what pays my bills," says Jay Winter, supply technician, Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center.
For Frazelle, Tuesday is the beginning of an uncertain future.
"Gave us our furloughs letters, gave us our letters about how we'd go about getting unemployment if the time arrives that we needed to get it, then to work for four hours, then to go home," Frazelle adds.
Frazelle says he's still recovering from the six furlough days earlier this year.
"A real pain in the wallet," he adds. "With this, I got to sell my car to make my house payments."
And for Jay Winter, he's still working.
But it's not the same knowing he won't get paid until a deal is done.
"This could last a couple of days, it could last a couple of months," he explains. "It's going to be rough if I don't get paid come payday, but like everybody else, I have bills. I'll have to find a way."
Two people, two separate scenarios - both fed up.
"I like working for the government but I really don't like how they're treating us," Frazelle says. "I don't think it's really fair."
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