Jordan Clayton says it's ironic that he took a pay cut to accept a job as a hydrologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture because he thought government would be more secure and steady. Now, he is furloughed as part of the federal shutdown.
So he held a homemade sign Friday saying, "Congress do your job so we can do ours," and joined a rally outside the downtown Salt Lake City office of Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, urging lawmakers to end the shutdown.
He said if he could talk to Congress, he would tell members that the Affordable Care Act "passed in 2010. It was deemed constitutional by the Supreme Court," and that should have settled the matter until opponents have enough votes to overturn it in regular votes and not a shutdown. "In the meantime, I just want to go back to work."