A furloughed employee at NAS-Corpus Christi says the first day of the shutdown hit him immediately.
"He hands us a letter and says you have until 10:30 to turn yours systems off and head on out for the day and we don't know when you will come back," said Phil Derise. "Watch the news and we'll keep you posted."
Derise, who works on environmental compliance on the base, says the government shutdown means he and his family now have no health insurance. The father of a 7-year-old is hoping a deal is reached quickly. Baby number two is due next month.
"We've been stocking up on supplies diapers are expensive," said Derise. "I can't do like these senators I've got things to do, no more paycheck no more leave it all stops on the first."
Derise has been a government employee for fifteen years.