It’s now day 21 of the government shutdown and there’s no end in sight.
“My home state of New Mexico is one of the states that is being hit the hardest by the president’s temper tantrum,” said Sen. Tom Udall on Capitol Hill on Monday.
He spoke about New Mexicans who have reached out to him about the shutdown.
“These are real people, real people wondering how they’ll make their mortgage or rent payments or how they’ll feed their families,” said Udall.
Among the many people and businesses that have written letters to Udall for help is ADC LTD NM, which provides services including background checks for federal agencies like the Defense Department and Homeleand Security..
“The effect of the shutdown has been tremendous,” said Brenda Cordova Busick.
The checks have stopped coming and since they are contracted they won’t get back-pay once the shutdown does end.
“I think the last payment we got from the government was the second week in December,” said Busick.
They’ve been dipping into their reserves to stay afloat.
“Each of these families that we have, the 2,700, there’s two and a half people per family, so now we’re talking with one little company in the state of New Mexico, the impact is over 7,000 people,” she said.
Come Monday, Busick said they will be reducing their workers’ hours, but wouldn’t say by how much.