Washington workers lock up, post 'out of office' emails
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Washington's subway was filled as usual on Tuesday with resigned workers trekking to their desks, but on this day they arrived only to lock up and leave "out of office" messages.
Sporting security badges and clutching backpacks as on any other weekday, disgruntled federal employees accused Congress of making them forego pay indefinitely due to a bitter budget deadlock.
"They are not doing their job and now they are preventing us from doing our jobs," said an incensed Christine Baughman, who works for the Environmental Protection Agency.
Railing against both Republicans and Democrats, Baughman - who experienced the last shutdown 17 years ago - told AFP passing a budget is not President Barack Obama's job, "it's Congress' job." And inaction has dire consequences for many, she added.