LAYTON, UT (ABC 4 UTAH)- The government shutdown isn't just an issue on Capitol Hill, but people right here in Utah at Hill Air Force Base. Civilian workers were told to go home Tuesday mornings when they showed up for work. Tuesday, about 60 protesters with AFGE gathered to speak out against the shutdown.
"All I want to do is go back to work with the thousands of government workers. We just want to do what we do best, what we signed up to do," said aircraft electrician Bob Milliner.
President Obama signed a bill protecting active duty military salaries, but not the support staff that keep Hill Air Force Base up and running.
"I run wires, I do modifications on airplanes as they come in," said Milliner.
Milliner is protesting for himself, other government workers, and his wife.
"My wife works for the IRS, shes also been locked out of her job. We have potentially no income," said Milliner.
And now, only Congress can fix it.
"We elected them to compromise, to network, to be our representatives to take care of business and they're not," said Utah State Senator Karen Mayne.
Even Utah State Senator Karen Mayne says she's had enough.
"Somebody needs to be brave. It's whoever. It's not a party. Not democrats not republicans. Its those people. They're supposed to work together. Somebody courageous from whatever side it comes from I don't care'" said Mayne.
The last shutdown in 1995 lasted nearly three weeks. And just one day is too long for these workers.
"I hope that a balanced budget gets passed so this doesn't happen every couple of months," said AFGE President Monty Alexis.