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Gov't. shutdown has family on pennies

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"I know the Congress has a hard job, but try being in my shoes. I have four young ones and let me tell you, it's not easy," said Lawrence Javier, who was recently furloughed.

Lawrence Javier is spending more time at home these days. He is helping his wife prepare their daily meals on a very tight income since he was furloughed at the beginning of the month.

"Whether you are hungry or not, we have a small budget for food. I got a two-day paycheck three weeks ago and before that it was seven months ago," said Javier.

Javier has been a foreman for more than 10 years, working on and off on major projects around the Valley. Six months ago, he was laid off, surviving on only his savings. Last month, he landed a construction job at the McCarran Airport's air control tower, but the opportunity turned sour when the government shut down.

"It's not like I can just quit that job, because if I do that then basically I lose my place in the workforce," added Javier.

Since then, the Javiers' lifestyle has changed, and cutting corners is no longer an option.

"The first thing I noticed right off the bat was my daughter and son come home with book orders from school and I have to say no," said Lawrence's wife Jessica.

"There are certain activities in the school that we can't give her and that hurts right here. She can't participate because I can't go to work, and it's not that I don't have a job. I have a job," said Javier.

Aside from the daily house chores, Javier says he will continue to keep one eye on his family and the other on his television, hoping to hear good news.

"Inside I am hurting, as a man, a father and as a husband. They need to get their act together and find a resolution to this," added Javier.

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