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Workers protest outside federal building in Providence

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PROVIDENCE -

Dozens of federal workers rallied to protest the partial U.S. government shutdown Friday at the Providence Federal Building on Westminster Street.

Most of the workers are still working, for now.

"Our job security is being used as a political football. I think it's shameful," one worker said.

Workers blame both Republicans and Democrats for not passing a budget, consequently putting their jobs and paychecks in limbo.

"We want a clean, continual resolution bill passed. We don't want any attachments, de-fund this, fund this. Just get to work. Cut the agreement and do your job," said Fred Sacchi, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which organized the rally.

Sacchi also works for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

He said the department was funded this week, but not next week. He said some of his co-workers may be furloughed Monday.

"When injured veterans come home from the war, they fight for disability benefits. And I'm one of those people that provide those benefits," said Carlton Vose, who works for the VA.

Vose said he wants to come to work so he can help veterans and take care of things at home.

"I'm taking care of an elderly mother right now. She has a lot of bills associated with elderly issues and I need my income," he said.

He's figuring out what to cut, just in case.

"My law school student loans. They're on the chopping block. So if Sallie Mae is watching, start politicking," Vose said with a laugh.

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