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Spouse of TSA agent says they're hurting

Spouse of TSA agent says they're hurting. (WPEC)

The partial government shutdown is dragging on and it's a big concern for federal workers who are working without getting paid.

One woman, whose husband is a TSA agent, knows what a struggle this is.

“It’s hard,” said Debbie Tucker, who lives near Lake Worth.

Tucker fights back the tears as she tells us she and her husband are barely getting by.

“It’s horrible. I don’t want to get all emotional,” she said, almost crying.

“Are you basically living on your paycheck now?” we asked her, and she nodded yes, nearly sobbing.

Her husband, a TSA agent at Palm Beach International Airport, is working full time without a paycheck because of the partial government shutdown.

“There seems to be no resolution on when it’s going to end, and that’s the scary part,” she said.

She’s organizing an event Tuesday, January 22 where people can drop off things, like paper towels, paper plates, shampoo and soap for TSA workers unable to make ends meet.

Debbie, who works at a sleep clinic in Broward County, says now that they’re forced to live on just her paycheck, she's worried how they’ll pay the mortgage on their three-bedroom home.

“We don’t know how long this is going to last. How long can we go without paying the mortgage?” she said.

So far her husband has missed just one paycheck, and she says they’ve already gone through their savings, and only have a few bucks left in their checking account. A neighbor has been helping them out with groceries, but if they miss another paycheck?

“It’s awful, it’s not a good feeling,” she said.

What would she say to President Trump and Congress?

“Pay the government workers. It’s not fair, it’s really not fair. The bickering on both sides, that needs to stop," Tucker said. "Hopefully this will end soon, and he’ll get paid, and we pay our mortgage, and this will be just, you know, a bad memory."

She says if the shutdown goes on much longer, she and her husband may have to get part-time jobs to make ends meet. But since they already work full- time, she says that won’t be easy.

If you’d like to help the TSA agents, a drop-off event is planned Tuesday January 22 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot at the Embassy Suites Hotel on Belvedere Road near PBIA.

Debbie and other volunteers will be collecting various supplies such as shampoo, shower soap, bars of soap, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, toothpaste, razors, baby diapers, baby wipes, laundry detergent, toilet paper, pet food, dish washing liquid, paper towels, paper plates, napkins and household items.


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