National Guard mechanics affected by possible government shutdown

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Most of the military won't be affected if the government shuts down at midnight on Tuesday, but there are exceptions. Mechanics for the Kansas Air Force and Army National Guard are not active duty and, therefore, considered non-essential. The Kansas City, Kansas National Guard Armory has 20 technicians in charge of maintaining 1,400 pieces of equipment, much of it large trucks used for flood rescues.

"It's really difficult for a lot of the younger guys,there's some people here who live paycheck to paycheck and it's difficult to give up an entire paycheck and think, 'Okay, how I'm going to give up my car payment, house payment and those other things.'," said Master Sergeant Gene Quaney.

Quaney told FOX 4 that his employees have already endured eight furlough days earlier this year because of the government sequestration.

"It was one day a week so we knew how much we were losing. This is kind of unnverving because nobody knows how long this will go on," said Quaney.

Quaney said he has no reason to believe his mechanics will get retroactive pay. Every day they can't go to work, is a day they won't get paid for. There are nearly 700 National Guard technicians across Kansas who would be affected by a government shutdown.

Reserve National Guardsmen, who do weekend drills once a month and two weeks during the summer, are also affected. If there's a shutdown, drills will be postponed and the reservists won't get paid.

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