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Government workers, services back in business

Published On: Oct 17 2013 03:38:55 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 17 2013 09:24:41 PM CDT

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MADISON, Wis. -

Government workers got word last night that they needed to be back on the job Thursday.

For Nicole Nicolson and Ronny Hrtman, the resolution meant a smoother ride to their future together.

When Hrtman came to the United States from Germany three weeks ago they had to wait to get their marriage license. Then the government partially shut down and the Social Security Administration Office could not grant them the license.

"Just to wait and see what happens was the only option we were really given," said Nicolson.

Thaddeus Timm also made a trip to the Social Security Administration Office to learn more about disability options. He came down early expecting to see long lines, but was surprised to see no one was waiting outside.

Timm got his questions answered, but was not optimistic about the future.

"I don't think this is the end of it. It's just a temporary fix unless they can get something done in between now and then, if that's possible," said Timm.

On top of social services returning, government workers had to play catch up.

U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil's office was down 30-35 percent of their staff throughout the shutdown.

He said they tried to work on criminal cases the best they could, but had to stop a lot of civil cases.

Everyone is back in the office but the morale is bittersweet.

"They're relieved because it's over. They can come back to work, but they're battered because it's hard to want to do a good job; and to have every day the public, the newspaper saying they're just government workers. They're cautious because we hope it's better come January," said Vaudreuil.

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