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>> Atusa, can you get in your seat, please?>> Share Musiq is a stay-at-home mom in Virginia. Her husband is one of the eight hundred thousand government workers who because of the shutdown isn't getting paid.>> He's gone to work every single day without pay, without complaint. He is doing his job because he believes it's important.
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>> But as the shutdown stretches in to its 22nd day, making it the longest on record, the mother of two worries about being able to make ends meet with no money coming in.>> So unbelievable that we can work really hard to get this education and make sure that we can provide for our family but still end up wondering if we're gonna be able to pay our bills.
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>> Topping Musiq's long list of worries is how they'll pay for their children's education.>> It's a huge challenge, it's almost $1,000 a month for preschool, for half-day.>> And with the political standoff over border security showing no immediate signs of easing, Musiq worries the family will soon have to make some tough decisions.
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We're gonna have to take loans. We're gonna have to use credit cards.>> She says the family has about two months of wiggle room before they really feel the pinch. But if the shutdown goes beyond that, they'll probably have to dip into their savings.>> I mean I really don't wanna be in that situation.
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I mean, we're a working family. We earn our paycheck. We pay our bills.>> But while Musiq is stressed about her own family's situation, she knows others have it worse, having to live paycheck to paycheck. And for that reason she has a message for President Donald Trump. The crisis is not at the border, the crisis is in your backyard.
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Americans that are working families, they need their paychecks. Let's solve this. Let's figure it out.>> This week, she headed to Washington, D.C. to march with hundreds of federal workers at a rally, demanding an end to the shutdown.