Nightly News   |  October 07, 2013

‘Ridiculous’ Washington budget battle puts families in crossfire

For those trying to close on mortgages backed by the Department of Agriculture, and for companies that rely on the business of government workers, the shutdown is making a big impact. NBC’s John Yang reports.

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>>> this is john yang in kentuc kentucky. where about 90% of skyline chili 's workers come from irs workers.

>> lunchtime now.

>> and we have four tables.

>> what would it normally be like?

>> packed house.

>> reporter: sharita earns $2.13 an hour plus tips. on a good day she used to take home $100.

>> it was rough. last week was rough. i had a day where i made like $9 total.

>> reporter: that's barely enough to support her children, ages 11 and 7.

>> i'm not making tips then i i'm not making bill money.

>> reporter: the shutdown is hitting hard in covington where abo 5,000 people work for the irs. nationwide 90% of the agency's workforce is furloughed. steve stevens is president of the northern kentucky chamber of commerce .

>> sooner or later somebody has to blink. we have to get a resolve to this issue. it affects real people and real businesses.

>> reporter: goldman sachs estimates the shutdown is costing the economy $2 t25 million a day. that's more than $9 million an hour. it's not just money federal employees aren't spending. it's work they are not doing. the shutdown is keeping patty spicer sleeping on her son's couch instead of moving into her new home.

>> this is ridiculous. i had all these plans.

>> reporter: her mortgage is backed by the agriculture department and there is no one to finalize it. she was to close today.

>> i want it solved so i can get on with my life.

>> reporter: two families caught in the crossfire of washington's budget battle. john yang , nbc news, coven ton, kentucky.