Oct 17, 2013 7:51 PM by Erika Flores

Community relieved after government shutdown ends

TUCSON - It's back to business in our nation's capitol, federal offices and at parks and museums across the country.

Wednesday night a short term deal was reached to increase the debt ceiling and reopen the government at least for a while.

The debt ceiling was raised until February 7, and the government funded through January 15.

Many monuments and museums are now open for business.

Furloughed workers have returned back to work, but now Congress has to come up with a broader budget deal by December 13.

Several federal employees told News 4 Tucson they were happy to be back at work and those who use federal government services said the shutdown was more than an inconvenience for them.

The social security administration tells News 4 Tucson, all services that had been discontinued during the shutdown have been restored.

Some of those services were replacing social security cards, replacing Medicare cards and verifying benefits.

Mike Romero is here with his brother to get a replacement social security card.

"The whole place is jam packed and everyone is standing up there's no seats," said Mike Romero. "All backed up. There's like a hundred people in there."

He's glad the government shutdown is over but can't believe it ever happened in the first place.

"I just think it's kind of ridiculous," said Romero.

Mary Palma was there to apply for social security disability. She's been holding on to the application for over a week.

"I was supposed to bring it in, but with the shutdown I figured that they were at less than full working capacities," said Palma.

Palma said she hasn't worked for almost a year after undergoing several surgeries.

"It's hard not to be able to work," said Palma.

But now, she hopes she can get her application through and get the benefits she needs.

"I'm relieved. I have to say I am relieved. I am really happy for all of the people getting their money," said Palma.

The Social Security Administration recommends people use their website before going to the office.

They said most social security business can be done online, click here for a link.


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