Texas Man Speaks on Shutdown Furloughs: “You Can’t Stop the Mortgage Payments”
Gridlock in Congress may have brought Eric Delgado’s workload to a standstill, but his bills keep coming.
Delgado and his wife, Paige, work as on-scene coordinators for the Environmental Protection Agency. The North Dallas parents of two toddlers have been on furlough since the federal government shut down Oct. 1.
“It has put a stress on the family,” said Delgado, 37. “You can’t stop the mortgage payments. You can’t stop the day care for our kids.”
The consequences of the fiscal impasse are reverberating across North Texas — from the small business owner who has lost about $25,000 in revenue to the furloughed worker who is thinking about taking a part-time job at Taco Bell.
Some officials say the shutdown could temporarily put as many as 140,000 Texans out of work. In Dallas County, the Texas Workforce Commission estimates that more than 660 federal employees have already filed for unemployment.