Many of the furloughed workers at the FBI facility in Harrison County got to head back to work Thursday.
When the shutdown started, over 3,000 FBI employees couldn't come to work. Even before that, most of them had to work two days less a month because of budget cutbacks. No one from the FBI would talk to 5 News Thursday so instead, we spoke to a Harrison County Commissioner about this. He said he's happy these people get to go back to work, but it's sad they were in this situation in the first place.
"What is bothering to me as an elected official or public official is that, here's our national representatives not being able to come together and get consensus and to keep our government operated and do what's needed," said Ron Watson, Harrison County Commission President.
Workers were originally told they wouldn't get paid for their time off. But Saturday it was announced that all furloughed employees will get back-pay. What that means is, if they got any unemployment while they were off they will have to give that money back.