Shutdown squeezing Alabama city built on federal spending

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Shutdown squeezing Alabama city built on federal spending

Katie Barron gestures while looking at a pay increase notice for her children's day care, in her home in Madison, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Barron's husband is a National Weather Service meteorologist forced to work without pay during the shutdown because his job is classified as essential. They've put off home and car maintenance, but the $450-a-week bill for day care still has to be paid, as do the mortgage and utility bills. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Workers monitor research operations aboard the International Space Station from NASA's Payload Operations Integration Center in Huntsville, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Of the roughly 800,000 federal employees facing deferred pay, more than half are deemed essential. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Sabine Cool, background, cooks potatoes as her husband, Jeff, prepares for a lunch crowd outside their German-style food truck that operates in the heart of a NASA complex in Huntsville, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. The couple say they normally do between $800-$1,000 per day, but since the partial government shutdown began, they're averaging $300-$400. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Sabine, left, and Jeff Cool watch as fellow food trucks pull into a lot all vying for a smaller-than-normal lunch crowd outside a NASA complex in Huntsville, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Today, people and businesses which rely on that federal largesse for their livelihood are showing the strain of a government shutdown. "It kind of hurt a little bit; we're just rolling with the punches," Jeff Cool said. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Jack Lyons, a contractor working on massive rocket test stands for NASA, stands in his workshop while spending the furlough on his small side business making props for marching bands, in Madison, Ala., Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. "They're trying to use people as bargaining chips, and it just isn't right," Lyons said. Unlike civil service workers who expect to eventually get back pay, Lyons doesn't know if he'll ever see a dollar from the shutdown period. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A worker walks through the empty lobby of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' National Center for Explosives Training and Research in Huntsville, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. About 70 federal agencies are located at the Army's sprawling Redstone Arsenal, and more than half the area economy is tied to Washington spending. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Server Dawn Killoran pulls up the shades as tables sit empty during dinnertime at Rocket City Tavern near numerous federal agencies in Huntsville, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Business at the restaurant is off at least 35 percent since the partial federal shutdown began. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Katie Barron drinks a cup of coffee while working from home in Madison, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Barron frets over the loss of dental and optical insurance because her husband is a National Weather Service meteorologist forced to work without pay because his job is classified as essential. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A worker monitors research operations aboard the International Space Station from NASA's Payload Operations Integration Center in Huntsville, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. With parts of the government closed, the jobs of some 800,000 workers hang in the balance. A little more than half are still working without pay, and hundreds of thousands will miss paychecks Friday. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A mural decorates a downtown parking garage in Huntsville, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Economic statistics lag real-time events, so it's hard to gauge the effects of a partial government shutdown that's been going on less than a month. But in Huntsville, a city of about 195,000 people where more than 5,000 workers are affected by the closure, frustration and worry are building. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Michael Northern, vice president of WJP Restaurant Group, stands next to an empty table at dinnertime at Rocket City Tavern near numerous federal agencies in Huntsville, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. "It's a fog with no end in sight," Northern said. The lunch crowd is still OK, he adds, but dinner dollars have dried up and business is off at least 35 percent. "People are just going home and nesting, trying to conserve resources," Northern said. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A parking lot is empty at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, which has been impacted by the partial federal government shutdown at the Army's Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. The influx of people and federal dollars that arrived with NASA transformed the city into a technical and engineering hub that only grew as Army missile programs expanded on the base. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
An employee leaves the state operated U.S. Space & Rocket Center which serves as the visitor center for the nearby federally funded NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, in Huntsville, Ala., Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Once known for its cotton trade and watercress farms, Huntsville is the ultimate government town. About 70 federal agencies are located at the Army's sprawling Redstone Arsenal, and more than half the area economy is tied to Washington spending. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A parking lot is empty at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, which has been impacted by the partial federal government shutdown at the Army's Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. The empty parking lots and darkened offices have translated into vacant hotel rooms because out-of-town government workers and contractors just aren't coming. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Workers monitor research operations aboard the International Space Station from NASA's Payload Operations Integration Center in Huntsville, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. With parts of the government closed, the jobs of some 800,000 workers hang in the balance. A little more than half are still working without pay, and hundreds of thousands will miss paychecks Friday. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Jack Lyons, a contractor working on massive rocket test stands for NASA, welds in his workshop while spending the furlough on his small side business making props for marching bands, in Madison, Ala., Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. A solid Republican voter until 2016, when he just couldn't vote for Trump, Lyons is frustrated and saddened by what's going on in Washington. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A worker cleans the floors at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, which has been impacted by the partial federal government shutdown at the Army's Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Located at the base of a mountain in the lush Tennessee Valley, Huntsville was just another Alabama city until the government decided to build rockets at Redstone Arsenal at the dawn of the space race. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Katie Barron watches a rebroadcast of President Donald Trump's address to the nation on the partial government shutdown as she works from home in Madison, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Barron works for a private company not connected to the government but her husband is a National Weather Service meteorologist forced to work without pay because his job is classified as essential. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Mexicn-born lawyer and immigrants' rights activist Cesar Vargas, second from left, speaks to the media during a press conference and rally supporting two furloughed federal workers, National Park Service rangers Kathryn Gilson, fourth from left, and Sean Ghazala, third from right (in blue sweater), Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at La Colmena Center in the Staten Island borough of New York. Some union workers joined in support of the furloughed workers as the government shutdown entered it's 20th day. Gilson works at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, part of Gateway National Recreation Area and Ghazala works at the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Shutdown squeezing Alabama city built on federal spending

Katie Barron gestures while looking at a pay increase notice for her children's day care, in her home in Madison, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Barron's husband is a National Weather Service meteorologist forced to work without pay during the shutdown because his job is classified as essential. They've put off home and car maintenance, but the $450-a-week bill for day care still has to be paid, as do the mortgage and utility bills. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Workers monitor research operations aboard the International Space Station from NASA's Payload Operations Integration Center in Huntsville, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Of the roughly 800,000 federal employees facing deferred pay, more than half are deemed essential. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Sabine Cool, background, cooks potatoes as her husband, Jeff, prepares for a lunch crowd outside their German-style food truck that operates in the heart of a NASA complex in Huntsville, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. The couple say they normally do between $800-$1,000 per day, but since the partial government shutdown began, they're averaging $300-$400. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Sabine, left, and Jeff Cool watch as fellow food trucks pull into a lot all vying for a smaller-than-normal lunch crowd outside a NASA complex in Huntsville, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Today, people and businesses which rely on that federal largesse for their livelihood are showing the strain of a government shutdown. "It kind of hurt a little bit; we're just rolling with the punches," Jeff Cool said. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Jack Lyons, a contractor working on massive rocket test stands for NASA, stands in his workshop while spending the furlough on his small side business making props for marching bands, in Madison, Ala., Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. "They're trying to use people as bargaining chips, and it just isn't right," Lyons said. Unlike civil service workers who expect to eventually get back pay, Lyons doesn't know if he'll ever see a dollar from the shutdown period. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A worker walks through the empty lobby of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' National Center for Explosives Training and Research in Huntsville, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. About 70 federal agencies are located at the Army's sprawling Redstone Arsenal, and more than half the area economy is tied to Washington spending. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Server Dawn Killoran pulls up the shades as tables sit empty during dinnertime at Rocket City Tavern near numerous federal agencies in Huntsville, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Business at the restaurant is off at least 35 percent since the partial federal shutdown began. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Katie Barron drinks a cup of coffee while working from home in Madison, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Barron frets over the loss of dental and optical insurance because her husband is a National Weather Service meteorologist forced to work without pay because his job is classified as essential. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A worker monitors research operations aboard the International Space Station from NASA's Payload Operations Integration Center in Huntsville, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. With parts of the government closed, the jobs of some 800,000 workers hang in the balance. A little more than half are still working without pay, and hundreds of thousands will miss paychecks Friday. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A mural decorates a downtown parking garage in Huntsville, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Economic statistics lag real-time events, so it's hard to gauge the effects of a partial government shutdown that's been going on less than a month. But in Huntsville, a city of about 195,000 people where more than 5,000 workers are affected by the closure, frustration and worry are building. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Michael Northern, vice president of WJP Restaurant Group, stands next to an empty table at dinnertime at Rocket City Tavern near numerous federal agencies in Huntsville, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. "It's a fog with no end in sight," Northern said. The lunch crowd is still OK, he adds, but dinner dollars have dried up and business is off at least 35 percent. "People are just going home and nesting, trying to conserve resources," Northern said. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A parking lot is empty at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, which has been impacted by the partial federal government shutdown at the Army's Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. The influx of people and federal dollars that arrived with NASA transformed the city into a technical and engineering hub that only grew as Army missile programs expanded on the base. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
An employee leaves the state operated U.S. Space & Rocket Center which serves as the visitor center for the nearby federally funded NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, in Huntsville, Ala., Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Once known for its cotton trade and watercress farms, Huntsville is the ultimate government town. About 70 federal agencies are located at the Army's sprawling Redstone Arsenal, and more than half the area economy is tied to Washington spending. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A parking lot is empty at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, which has been impacted by the partial federal government shutdown at the Army's Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. The empty parking lots and darkened offices have translated into vacant hotel rooms because out-of-town government workers and contractors just aren't coming. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Workers monitor research operations aboard the International Space Station from NASA's Payload Operations Integration Center in Huntsville, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. With parts of the government closed, the jobs of some 800,000 workers hang in the balance. A little more than half are still working without pay, and hundreds of thousands will miss paychecks Friday. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Jack Lyons, a contractor working on massive rocket test stands for NASA, welds in his workshop while spending the furlough on his small side business making props for marching bands, in Madison, Ala., Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. A solid Republican voter until 2016, when he just couldn't vote for Trump, Lyons is frustrated and saddened by what's going on in Washington. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A worker cleans the floors at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, which has been impacted by the partial federal government shutdown at the Army's Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Located at the base of a mountain in the lush Tennessee Valley, Huntsville was just another Alabama city until the government decided to build rockets at Redstone Arsenal at the dawn of the space race. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Katie Barron watches a rebroadcast of President Donald Trump's address to the nation on the partial government shutdown as she works from home in Madison, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Barron works for a private company not connected to the government but her husband is a National Weather Service meteorologist forced to work without pay because his job is classified as essential. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Mexicn-born lawyer and immigrants' rights activist Cesar Vargas, second from left, speaks to the media during a press conference and rally supporting two furloughed federal workers, National Park Service rangers Kathryn Gilson, fourth from left, and Sean Ghazala, third from right (in blue sweater), Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at La Colmena Center in the Staten Island borough of New York. Some union workers joined in support of the furloughed workers as the government shutdown entered it's 20th day. Gilson works at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, part of Gateway National Recreation Area and Ghazala works at the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)