The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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October 15, 2013

AFGE to rally at Capito’s office

BECKLEY — Members of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) across the state are planning to rally against the government shutdown today in front of Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito’s Charleston office.

Charlie Yates, president of the AFGE at the Federal Correctional Institution-McDowell, said everyone is invited to come and show their support. The rally is scheduled for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

“The more the merrier,” Yates said. “Our employees are still worried about paying their bills and paying for gas to get to work.”

During the government shutdown, federal law enforcement officers are still required to report for work, but they are not getting paid to do so.

Yates said he received a paycheck, about half of what he normally makes, but that paycheck will be the last he gets until the government shutdown is over.

He said he hopes to see Congress put aside their political difference and come together to pass a “clean” continuing resolution.

“This is not about Republicans or Democrats,” Yates said. “This is about doing the right thing for the American people.”

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