Federal Workers in Suburbs on Edge About Shutdown

Some of Virginia’s 140,000 federal workers are on edge about the effects of a federal shutdown that may come as soon as midnight Friday.

At the White House, a visibly frustrated President Barack Obama is taking both sides to task for failing to reach a deal. Republicans want $61 billion in cuts. Democrats have agreed to $33 billion. The two sides also disagree on what to cut.

Meanwhile, both parties say they don’t want the government to shut down.

The stalemate is the No. 1 topic of phone calls to Virginia Sen. Mark Warner’s office. He said he can’t understand why both sides can’t come up with a compromise.

As the shutdown clock is ticking, businesses that depend on federal employees are bracing for lean times.

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