“It's nice to get back into the rhythm,” says Joe Trujillo a family assistance specialist with the Utah National Guard. “This is what I do."
Trujillo is one of 1200 federal employees furloughed at the guard. Some like Captain Ryan Sutherland returned after a week.
“Financially we were more prepared,” says Captain Sutherland. “It was one of those events we were able to prepare for.”
Wednesday night government workers got the word that Congress agreed to a temporary budget thus ending the shutdown.
“This discrepancy has caused a lot of emotional problems (and) insecurities,” says Trujillo. (You wonder) when the next time its going to get here.”
At Hill Air Force Base 2,700 civilians who were furloughed were told to return to work.
“It was vitally important for Team Hill to return our civilian personal to work,” says Col. Kathryn Kolbe, 75th Air Base Wing commander.
In a prepared statement the commander said employees were expected to report to work within 24 hours.
Another six thousand were furloughed at Ogden's IRS and they too were expected back at work.
Congress's vote is temporary. The new budget runs through January.
That's when workers like Trujillo will know if they still have a long term job.
“Just God bless everybody that's struggled so hard and I cheer them on if they're back to work,” says Trujillo. “I hope all of us are more knowledgeable and set up for the big storm that could hit at anytime.
Trujillo says he does feel like a political pawn. But he understands he has power too.
“We can’t forget what happened here and should remember next time we vote,” he says.