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10:48 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Furloughed Employees Deliver Furlough Notice To Ted Cruz

SAN ANTONIO - With no end in sight to the federal government shutdown, a group of out-of-work federal employees in San Antonio is delivering its own furlough notice to Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Angry federal workers at Port San Antonio, a decommissioned Air Force Base, say they're fed up being government pawns.

"We just came off our sequester in mid-September and we got the sucker punch of being sent home again Tuesday. All we want is the senator to do his job," said Elsa Martinez, an employee with the Air Force Reserve.

Martinez joined 30 protestors outside Senator Cruz' San Antonio office. The workers want Cruz to step down from his position because they say his high-profile filibuster on Sept. 24 lit the fuse that started the ongoing government shutdown.

They presented his office with a notice stating Cruz should be furloughed indefinitely. Cruz has said Sen. Harry Reid and the Democrats as responsible for the shutdown. Meanwhile, many Texans have supported Cruz for his effort to stall the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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