Before going to work Thursday as a passenger screening officer at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Sharda Lloyd had to make another stopover at the Crisis Assistance Department.
Lloyd, who works for the Transportation Security Administration, needed help paying the rent.
She is one of more than 6,300 North Carolinians working for airport security, federal courts, national parks and other federal agencies who will not be paid this week, according to the US Representative's office. Alma Adams of Charlotte.
Nationally, they are among the 800,000 federal employees who will miss their paychecks when the closure enters its 21st day, bindering it for the longest period in American history.
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"It made me a bit nervous," said Lloyd, 33. "But I know everything ends."
While the partial closure of the government continues with no immediate end, its repercussions are felt throughout Charlotte and the Carolinas.
▪ In a letter this week to President Donald Trump, Democratic Governor Roy Cooper said that the plant's closure threatens at least $ 168 million for the recovery of Hurricane Florence.
▪ The construction of the new airport air traffic control tower has been halted and federal officials have stated that delays may result in cost overruns.
▪ The 350 FBI employees in North Carolina were considered "essential staff" and are stationed for the foreseeable future. For the moment, they are not paid.
▪ Federal courts continue to operate even if the funds needed to pay staff are exhausted this month. Next week, for example, a former Hickory police officer will be tried in Statesville. Prosecutors will not be paid. Neither the judge nor the jury. Neither a trio of public defenders or federal marshals providing security.
"This is the proverbial" check in the mail ". We just do not know when we will send it, "says Frank Johns, clerk of the West Carolina District Court, which stretches from Charlotte to Asheville and beyond.
Prosecutors and the rest of the 90 US Attorney's Office staff will miss their first salary next week. Other employees deemed non-essential by US attorney Andrew Murray were put on leave without pay.
Despite the closure, criminal trials in federal courts will proceed as planned. The jurors chosen to hear these cases are informed that, pending an unexpected resolution of the closure, they will not receive their $ 40 daily allowance and their return trip mileage at a later date. Murray said he used all the resources "to get the job done".
"All I can tell you is that I continue to talk to my colleagues about the incredible things they do every day to take care of the Western District of North Carolina and to keep them there despite considerable obstacles. thrown in our path, he said.
Federal employees are not the only ones affected.
Brooks Troxler has not been able to close the $ 550,000 loan from the Small Business Administration to expand its computer repair business in Charlotte, according to the Washington Post on Thursday. "We were 99% finished" told the post office. "We were at the finish line, and now it's like if I had pulled back."
The ruling did not affect everyone who depends on federal assistance. Officials say the money for housing vouchers and food vouchers will not be exhausted until next month. Public bodies such as the BC Department of Environmental Quality say they can run federally funded programs for several months.
In Washington, supporters are divided. The US representative David Price, a Democrat from Chapel Hill, presented Thursday a bill to pay the Ministries of Transport and Housing and Urban Development. This is one of four separate spending plans that House Democrats are supposed to introduce.
"In addition to the hundreds of thousands of federal employees and their families who are arrested or working without pay, millions of Americans and small businesses depend on essential government services and have been left in the cold with the closure of Trump Said Price a statement.
US Representative Mark Meadows, a Republican from western North Carolina, stands firmly alongside Trump, who wants to get money for building a border wall before reopening of the government. Meadows said that he believed Republican lawmakers were united.
"If they hear as if I came from my district, it's not a subject I can give up on," he told McClatchy. "You can not give in. That's what the Democrats do not understand. It's all or nothing. "
Lloyd had to be paid on Saturday. His last check was already below normal because of the stop.
She said her family helped her pay some bills, but needed to help pay her $ 1,100 monthly rent in northwest Charlotte.
"If you do not fall behind, it's like stepping back," she said.
If she found a good side, says Lloyd, it's Charlotte Douglas's passengers. Often discouraged, they did their best to understand, she said.
"It's good to know that we are appreciated during this time."
Editors Fred Clasen-Kelly and Brian Murphy of the McClatchy office in Washington also contributed.