Jim Seamans

Jim Seamans

Army veteran David Shanley-Dillman, a project leader with the U.S. Forest Service in rural Michigan, just wants to get back to work.

The 53-year-old has been furloughed since Dec. 22 because of the partial government shutdown that has closed several federal agencies. He and his wife have depleted their savings, are living off credit cards and plan to ask family members to borrow money for their mortgage.

“It’s tough. It’s kind of dire,” Shanley-Dillman said Wednesday. “We’re trying to be very conservative about what we pay. We’re wondering which bills we should pay and which ones we should wait with and just take the late fees. It’s not good.”

On Wednesday, the shutdown entered its 19th day, making it the second-longest in U.S. history. read more