Furloughed workers stage protest

Tea Party: Blame should fall on President, Democrats' shoulders

Federal workers furloughed by the government shutdown expressed their frustrations on Thursday afternoon by picketing outside of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) office.

"It's my second time being furloughed and it needs to end," said Lola Bradshaw, a federal employee affected by the shutdown. "I think it's senseless and it's going to put a lot of people in a bad situation."

Eloise Stripling, who was also furloughed, said since the shutdown, the families of 23,000 furloughed workers in San Antonio have been left to wonder where their next paycheck will come from.

The protestors also stated that "extremist politicians" like Cruz are "holding the government hostage."

"We hope that he takes it to heart," said Stripling. "That we need to end this standoff."

However, George Rodriguez, president of the South Texas Alliance and Tea Party Patriots, said that the workers are blaming the wrong person and that, in fact, he stands in support of the senator.

"This whole shutdown is due to the fact that the President and the Democrats don't want to negotiate," said Rodriguez. "It's not due to the fact with anything Ted Cruz has done. He's a minority member of the senate."

In a statement released Thursday by Cruz's office, Sean Rushton, communications director, stated:

"The House has passed four compromises to fully fund the government, and four times Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said 'No.' He has refused to approach the negotiating table. President Obama and Sen. Reid want the government shutdown to impose a disastrous Obamacare law -- which will hurt Texans and kill jobs -- and score political points. Sen. Cruz has worked consistently to fund the government and defund Obamacare because it will be so devastating to Texans."

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