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By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Karen Petronis
A resolution to the federal spending fight saw hundreds of thousands of federal workers return to their jobs Thursday, some of them saying they're still suffering the effects of being told the government could survive without them.
While many outside the District viewed the 16-day break as a taxpayer-subsidized vacation — complete with back pay as has been offered in previous shutdowns — Ms. Petronis said the weeks of worry leading up to the shutdown and the steady stream of news reports made for a less than relaxing break.
"This one was very demoralizing. It made you feel like a hostage," said Karen Petronis, a lawyer for the Federal Aviation Administration who has worked for the federal government for 29 years.