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Watch: Government Shutdown Temporarily Ends Amid Protests In Downtown Houston

Federal employees in Houston have had to dip into savings, use food pantries and borrow money to survive the government shutdown.

President Trump announced Friday a temporary end to the government shutdown, which means federal workers in Houston will soon receive back pay.

But the relief couldn’t come soon enough, as federal workers missed their second paycheck on Friday. Many have had to dip into savings, use food pantries and borrow money to survive the government shutdown.

"I had to take out a loan just to pay my bills," said NASA management analyst Vanessa Jordan. Hours before Trump's announcement, Jordan joined dozens of protesters and furloughed workers to rally against the shutdown at Senator Ted Cruz's office in downtown Houston.

“I don't want to lose my house. I have a mortgage to pay,” she said. "Imagine what our Christmas was like being furloughed just days before Christmas?"

  • Protesters and furloughed government workers rally outside Senator Ted Cruz's office in downtown Houston, urging for an end to the shutdown. (Photo Credit: Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public Media)
    Protesters and furloughed government workers rally outside Senator Ted Cruz's office in downtown Houston, urging for an end to the shutdown. (Photo Credit: Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public Media)
  • Protesters and furloughed government workers rally outside Senator Ted Cruz's office in downtown Houston, urging for an end to the shutdown.  (Photo Credit: Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public Media)
    Protesters and furloughed government workers rally outside Senator Ted Cruz's office in downtown Houston, urging for an end to the shutdown. (Photo Credit: Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public Media)

Furloughed Johnson Space Center project manager Creig Rhodes also protested the shutdown.

“Right now I’m tapping into my savings which will probably run out in a couple weeks,” Rhodes said.

The government shutdown is the longest in the history of the United States, reaching day 35 on Friday.

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